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Annual Blitz Encourages Rail Safety

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According to the Federal Railroad Administration, 1,193 people were injured or killed at railroad crossings in 2013 with one in four crossing collisions involving a vehicle driven by a professional driver.

To hopefully reduce the number of vehicle-train collisions, the North Dakota Operation Lifesaver, the North Dakota Safety Council and their partners kicked off the third annual Bakken Rail Safety Blitz in Minot Monday to address railroad safety in northwestern North Dakota.

"A lot of people don't think about trains and a lot of crossings in North Dakota. There are crossings in North Dakota that don't have gates and lights, especially professional drivers up in this Bakken region. So, we really want them to be aware and to always be thinking that there could be a train at any time," says Peter Pomonis the North Dakota Operation Lifesaver State Coordinator.

During the next several days, the group will host a variety of events, including officer on the train and classroom safety presentations to continue to enforce the message "look, listen, live."

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