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Officials warn about railroad safety

Posted at 3:28 PM, Sep 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-24 15:28:29-04

Statistics say that every three hours in the U.S. a person or vehicle is hit by a train.

Last year, there were 16 pedestrians killed or injured at railroad crossings in Michigan, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation.

Officials are spending this week, Sept. 24 - 29, reminding residents to stay clear of train tracks.

That includes events every day; Monday, the message was no photos on train tracks.

Curtis Stewart was hit by a train, "It's important because all of these incidents, trains incidents with people or cars are all preventable. So we have to reemphasize it every year so people will know you don't have to get hit by a train."

Tuesday, police will be stationed near railroad tracks to remind drivers and pedestrians to stay safe.

To encourage safety, anyone posting on social media should use #RailSafetyWeek.