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Train stop in Reading highlights safety near tracks

By Kevin Fitzsimmons, Web Producer
Published On: Jun 24 2014 04:43:29 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 24 2014 05:18:48 PM CDT

Norfolk Southern Railroad is stressing safety on the tracks.

READING, Pa. -

Norfolk Southern Railroad is stressing safety on the tracks.

The "safety train" pulled into North Sixth and Spring streets in Reading on Tuesday.

Officials said there has been a slight rise in the number of deadly accidents involving people trespassing on railroad property.

Drivers, officials said, need to obey crossing signals, and hikers and bikers shouldn't trespass.

"A train coming at about 50 or 60 miles per hour, that's fully loaded, weighs several thousand tons, and when you have something of that size moving at that kind of velocity, it cannot stop automatically. It takes a mile to stop a train that's fully loaded," said Dave Pidgeon, Norfolk Southern Railroad.

Tuesday's stop was in conjunction with the national railroad safety campaign "Operation Lifesaver."