The Delaware County Railroad Crossing Safety Taskforce will be featuring an interactive railroad safety display at this year’s Big Four Depot event Aug. 14-15.
“The Friends of the Depot asked the task force to join the event. We thought it would be a good idea to know about railroad safety,” Friends of the Depot group member Carol Kable said. “The tracks are so close. There are people doing things they shouldn’t, walking, putting things on them and a train can’t stop on a dime. People need to watch more carefully.”
In Ohio in 2014, there were 86 collisions, four deaths and 31 injuries that were train related.
According to Operation Lifesaver Rail Safety Education’s website, about every three hours a person or a vehicle is hit by a train. The group works with the local schools, civic groups and public safety personnel to bring their train safety presentations to communities across the country.
“(We have) railroad training safety,(that teaches people) the proper way to cross tracks,” Delaware Railroad Crossing Task Force Chairman Steve Thomas said. “Most people don’t know that its trespassing to be on railroad tracks. We provide free safety presentations, customized for different age groups.”
The task force works with the CSX, the Norfolk Southern railroads, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, the Ohio Rail Development Commission and the Delaware County Engineer’s Office to improve, upgrade and install active warning devices at all grade crossings in the county.
The Friends of the Big Four Depot will hold their “Deals at the Depot” community event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 14-15 at the grounds of the Galion Big Four Depot. In addition to the event, the Brush and Palette Art Gallery will have Art in the Alley 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 14 with the summer theme of “Portraits.”
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