Public safety officials are reminding pedestrians and drivers to exercise caution when they are near train tracks.
The Prince William County Police Department (PWCPD) has released a few safety tips community members should keep in mind.
Pedestrians should only cross train tracks at public crossings, according to a release.
They should not cross the tracks until after the flashing red lights have stopped and they shouldn’t walk around or behind the lowered gates.
Drivers should not race a train to a crossing or drive around a lowered gate.
If a crossing signal is malfunctioning, call the 800 number that is posted nearby or call the police department’s non-emergency number at 703-792-6500.
Drivers should look both ways before they cross tracks, and they should not stop when crossing them.
If a train is coming and a driver’s vehicle stops or stalls on a track, the driver should get out immediately and move away from the tracks in the direction it is coming from.
Moving in the train’s direction can help prevent injuries caused by flying debris.
To learn more information, visit the Operation Lifesaver website.
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