Metra Provides Tips on Crossing Tracks Safely
Following the death of a Hickory Hills man who was hit by a train at a Westmont crossing Thursday, Patch shares some safety tips found on Metra's website.
A train-on-pedestrian collision like the one that killed a Hickory Hills man Thursday night in Westmont is a tragic reminder of the importance of train safety.
The following bullet points were pulled directly from Metra's Railroad Crossing Safety Tips brochure, which can be found here on Metra's "Rider Safety & Security" page.
- A commuter train traveling 79 miles per hour can take a mile or more to stop.
- Always cross the tracks at the pedestrian or highway crossings. Crossing anywhere else is considered trespassing.
- Do not walk around or behind lowered gates at a crossing. Never cross the tracks until the lights have stopped flashing and it is safe to do so.
- Never go between, under or over coach cars, even when they are stopped at a station. The train crew cannot see you and could start the train at any moment, causing serious injury.
- The speed of an approaching train may appear to be moving slower than it actually is!
- Do not cross the tracks immediately after your train passes. Often times a second train might be blocked by the first. Look both ways before crossing.
- The locomotive may not always be in front. Metra commuter operations use cab cars to shove i n one direction, and locomotives to pull in the other. Note: Electric Highliner cars can be operated from either end.
- Watch the gap: When boarding and detraining at elevated station platforms.
Be safe out there.