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
  • Emergency Notification System Signs: Information for the Public - Video


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.