INRD to Participate in Crossing Safety Blitz

The Indiana Rail Road is teaming up with the Terre Haute (Indiana) Police Department and Indiana Operation Lifesaver for a grade crossing safety blitz the week of Aug. 23-29.

The event is part of Indiana OLS’s Indiana Safety Week.

INRD employees and Terre Haute police will present railroad grade crossing safety materials to passing motorists at the Margaret Avenue crossing just east of Erie Canal Road on the morning of Aug. 26.

The materials will include items for children, including coloring books.

“The Indiana Rail Road’s grade crossing blitz, along with all of Indiana Rail Safety Week, are designed to proactively remind the public of the dangers of trespassing on railroad property, and to always be on the lookout for a train at grade (road) crossings,” the railroad said in a statement.

Also providing support for Indiana Safety Week are the Indiana State Police, Indiana Department of Transportation and other railroads.

“Train vs. car collisions are completely preventable,” said Jessica Feder, executive director of Indiana Operation Lifesaver. “Indiana law enforcement agencies and railroad special agents will be out monitoring railroad crossings and checking for trespassers during Indiana Rail Safety Week. We want the public to know how dangerous it is to try and beat a train and that trespassing on railroad tracks and property is dangerous and illegal.”

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