Police, Union Pacific conduct train safety operation in Salem - KPTV - FOX 12

Police, Union Pacific conduct train safety operation in Salem

Posted: Updated:
SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

Many people would think that something as large as a locomotive would get people's attention, but unfortunately, accidents involving pedestrians, drivers and trains are all to common.

On Thursday, FOX 12 rode along on a train as Salem Police and Union Pacific conducted a joint operation to educate the public about train safety.

According to the Federal Railroad Association, there were seven deaths along Oregon railroad tracks in 2014 and there have already been five deaths this year.

The train operators said people don't realize it can take a full mile for a train to come to a stop. During the operation, it doesn't take long to find evidence of people not taking the danger seriously.

"The headphones in the ears, loud car stereos blast, and just blatantly not paying attention to where you're at or what you're doing," said George Fischer with Union Pacific Railroad.

Salem Police had officers stationed at various crossings today, looking for unsafe behavior. They also took the opportunity to talk to drivers and pedestrians about the potential danger trains pose.

Officials at Union Pacific said some of the trains moving through cities, like Salem, carry up to 14,000 tons of cargo. Yet, they can be deceptively quiet at times.

Meanwhile, the big message that Salem Police and Union Pacific want to send is to pay attention.

Copyright 2015 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation.  All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly
FOX 12
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2018, KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation, Portland, OR . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.