Rail Safety Information

According to the National Safety Council, every four hours someone is hit by a train. 


Roadway-rail crossing fatalities involving motor vehicles totaled 168 in 2017, an increase of 7% over 2016. Pedestrian fatalities totaled 86 that year.


Since 2017, each of the 212,000 railroad crossings in the U.S. has been marked with a sign that clearly identifies the crossing, along with a number to call immediately if a vehicle or another hazard is found on the tracks.




Stay safe in and around grade crossings:

  • Never try to beat a train; whether on foot or in a vehicle, stay off the tracks if the grade crossing lights are on and the gate is down
  • Respect the train and tracks; only cross a track at a grade crossing
  • If stuck on the tracks, find the blue sign identifying the crossing number and call the railroad so trains in the vicinity can be alerted as soon as possible


Never try to beat a train - Video


For more information about rail safety, visit Nebraska Operation LifeSaver, an organization with a mission to end collisions, deaths and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and along railroad rights of way.