15 Killed At Indiana Railroad Crossings
(Undated) – Nearly 50 people were injured or killed at railroad crossings in Indiana last year and now Amtrak is jumping on board with a campaign to help save lives.
Barbara Petito says there’s no question that people will be injured – or worse – if they’re hit by a train.
“You’re putting a 140 pound person up against a several hundred ton locomotive. Obviously, it’s no contest. It’s pretty clear who’s going to win,” she says.”
Fifteen people in Indiana were killed at the crossings last year, another 34 were injured.
Operation Lifesaver has a “See Tracks, Think Train” campaign that reminds people to think twice when they approach a railroad crossing. Whether you’re walking or driving, you should always remember to yield at tracks, especially if there’s no crossing arm. And most importantly, never try to walk or drive around the crossing arm when it’s down.
“Respect the train,” Petito advises.
The campaign also recommends that people do not walk on or along railroad tracks. Petito says the tracks are railroad property and walking near them could constitute trespassing.