Railroad Safety

  • As the work crews continue to refurbish the rails of Indiana, the first trains have already begun to roll. While these are not the regular freighters that will begin their lumbering journeys this fall, they serve as a reminder to respect to motorists and pedestrians alike: know the rules of rail safety. It isn't as much a matter of law, but a matter of life and death.

    Collage of Railroad Signs and Crossing.

    As a new student, a continuing student, a visitor or a resident of Indiana, take a moment to familiarize yourself with the Rules of the Rails.

    Know the rules. Save a life.

    The Truth About Railroad Crossings

    • Every year more than 3,400 collisions occur at railroad crossings.
    • Every year these collisions kill more than 400 people.
    • Nearly 500 people are killed every year trespassing on railroad tracks.
    • Approximately every 2 hours in the U.S. , a pedestrian or vehicle collides with a moving train.
    • A motorist is 40 times more likely to die in a collision with a train than with another motorist.
    • More people die in train collisions than in commercial airline accidents, according to the National Council on Safety.
    • Nearly 50 percent of all crashes at railroad intersections happen when warning devices are installed and acting properly.
    • Railroad tracks, train cars, and surrounding areas are private property. Trespassers are subject to fines and arrest.

    The IUP Rail Safety Web site is a partner with Operation LifesaverCampus Police, and PennDOT.

    Information reflected in this site has been gathered from Operation Lifesaver and PennDOT.

    Operation Lifesaver is a nonprofit group whose purpose is to inform the public about the need for rail safety and rail laws.