Some tips on staying safe around railroads and railroad crossings:
Respect all railroad crossings! Amazingly,
over half of all collisions occur at crossings equipped with automatic
signals. Do not be lulled into thinking a crossing is safe just because
you have never seen a train pass by or because the warning devices are
not operating. Automated warning devices can fail - freight trains can
be anywhere at anytime, going in any direction. Always stop and check
before you attempt to cross any railroad.
Never try to beat a train. The stopping distance for a 6,000 ton freight train traveling 55 mph
is ONE MILE. Never enter a crossing unless you have enough space to
fully clear the tracks on the other side. Never shift gears while on
tracks. If a gate comes down after you have started across and is
blocking you, drive through it even if it means breaking the gate.
Don't forget the second train. Never
cross immediately after a train passes by, especially if there is a
second track. Another train may be approaching on the other track. Many
crossing fatalities result from impatience and unawareness at
multiple-track crossings. After the last car of a train passes the
crossing, wait at least 5 second before proceeding and ONLY AFTER YOU
ARE CERTAIN no other train is coming on another track, especially from
the opposite direction.