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06/11/2018

Railroad Crossings in Paragould Monitored for Safety

Railroad Crossings in Paragould Monitored for Safety

June 12, 2018, 9:00 a.m.

 

 

WHY IT’S IMPORTANT: Freight trains traveling 55 miles per hour take more than a mile to stop, which is why drivers are urged to stop in designated areas when railroad signals, flashers and gates indicate a train is approaching. The event is part of Union Pacific’s Crossing Accident Reduction Education and Safety (UP CARES) program, which brings together communities in a collaborative and caring effort to promote railroad crossing and pedestrian safety. Officers riding inside the locomotive will observe motorist behavior at railroad crossings and dispatch officers positioned nearby, if motorists ignore signals and warnings. Additionally, officers will be looking for pedestrians crossing or walking on the tracks. This is a joint operation, combining efforts and resources from the Paragould Police Department and Union Pacific Police.

WHERE: There will be several half hour train rides taken by law enforcement officers starting at 9:00 a.m. The train will travel between East Northend Avenue and W. Park Street in Paragould, Arkansas.

WHEN:  June 12, 2018, 9:00 a.m.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

 

On-site – UP Special Agent Aaron Parsons, 901-930-7876 UP Spokesperson – Jeff DeGraff, 281-350-7771 and jdegraff@up.com

 
 
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