Every year throughout the United States, thousands of avoidable incidents occur at highway-rail grade crossings and along the railroad.
CSX rigorously pursues safety improvements in all aspects of operations and has enhanced efforts to educate communities on rail-related hazards. The Play it Safe public outreach campaign stresses the importance of staying safe around trains and tracks.
Tips For Staying Safe Around The Rails
- Always look out for warning signs and signals. Flashing red lights indicate a train is approaching. Do not cross the tracks until the lights have stopped flashing and it is safe to do so.
- Always assume a train is coming. Look carefully in each direction before crossing the tracks. Trains can run on any track, in either direction, at any time.
- If it won’t fit, don’t commit! Be sure there is enough space to clear the crossing without stopping. For your safety, leave at least 15 feet between the rear of your vehicle and the tracks.
- If your vehicle stalls on a crossing, get everyone out immediately. Move far away from the tracks even if you don’t see a train approaching. Call the emergency notification number posted on or near the crossing, or call local law enforcement.
- Trains cannot stop quickly. The average freight train traveling 55 miles per hour may take a mile or more to stop.
- Watch for vehicles such as school buses and trucks carrying hazardous materials that are required to come to a full stop at railroad crossings.
- Make sure you cross the tracks only at designated crossings and never try to beat a train through a crossing.
- Any issue or incident on or near CSX tracks that risks the safety of any person should be reported immediately to our Public Safety Coordination Center at 800-232-0144.
Always use caution and remember to "Play It Safe" around railroad tracks.