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Union Pacific, railroad partners promote safety near tracks

Union Pacific is teaming up Thursday with its railroad partners to promote safety awareness for pedestrians near railroad tracks.

Officials are riding trains as part of Union Pacific’s Crossing Accident Reduction Safety Program, watching out for pedestrians and drivers as they approach railroad tracks.

Other officers who aren’t on the train will issue citations to drivers who do not make a full stop before the train tracks to look both ways before crossing.

Union Pacific Railroad police said railroad tracks can be dangerous if you’re not careful.

Freight trains traveling up to 55 mph usually take up to a mile to stop.

Railroad officers urged people to be vigilant whenever they find themselves near a train.

Drivers are urged to stop in designated areas when they see railroad signs and flashing signals indicating a train nearby.

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