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Nearly 250 People Hurt or Killed Near Train Tracks Last Year

 
Nearly 250 People Hurt or Killed Near Train Tracks Last Year
Posted April 10th, 2014 @ 6:11am by KFBK News

Nearly 250 people in California were either hurt or killed around train tracks last year. A new public safety campaign is under way to try to lower that number.

The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Railroad Administration reports a person or vehicle is hit by a train in the U.S. every three hours.

In 2013, 488 pedestrians were killed on or around railroad tracks. DeQuendre Neeley-Bertrand with Operation Lifesaver says in many cases people aren't paying attention because they're distracted.

"People aren't paying attention. These mobile devices -- talking, texting while walking in the context of a railroad track is very dangerous thing to do," she said. 

Operation Lifesaver has a new public safety campaign out called "See Tracks? Think Train." 

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