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Railroad safety could prevent tragic deaths

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A 29-year-old Arcadia man was struck and killed by a train Monday. Sadly, this tragic accident could have been prevented. Police reported that witnesses saw the man listening to an iPod as he walked along the Arcadia railroad tracks. Though the engineer sounded the train horn, witnesses said the man appeared not to hear it. Unfortunately, listening to his music too loud and walking in dangerous territory cost the man his life.

Reports say the engineer also tried to break, but could not avoid hitting the man. To stop a fast moving train instantly is impossible. The website Operation Lifesaver says a 100-car freight train traveling at 55 mph will need more than a mile, or 18 football fields, to stop. This is why it is so important to be cautious when approaching railroad tracks.

Unfortunately, this is not the first incidence of a pedestrian being hit by a train in the area. To avoid another preventable tragedy, people should be aware of a few key safety facts concerning railroad crossings that apply to both motorists and pedestrians.

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