Man captures person almost hit by train on surveillance camera
OMAHA,Neb(FOX42KPTM)-According to the National Safety Bureau, nearly every two hours, a person or vehicle is hit by a train in the U.S.
"Anytime someone gets hit by a train it's terrible, we don't want to see that anywhere,"Jim Anderson says.
Jim Anderson lives near the train tracks. Saturday afternoon he heard the train horn. It was alerting someone to move off the tracks.
"Too close. within a few seconds it could have been a collision," Anderson said. "Looked like he just missed being hit by the train."
According to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, trains can't stop quickly. When vehicle drivers or pedestrians violate traffic laws at grade crossings, or trespass onto railroad right of way, they are putting themselves and the train crews in danger.
"Railroads are constantly trying to remind us don't walk on the tracks or walk across, like you'll see kids taking prom pictures or graduation photos on the tracks," he said.
The Statistics Portal notes that there were more than 11,000 train related incidents in 2017. There were 85,000 injuries and a little over 800 deaths.
"Safety should be the number 1 job for everyone around here."
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