Friday, March 13, 2015

NTSB to Hold Forum on the Dangers of Railroad Trespassing

Throughout American history, railroad tracks have held a certain symbolism and cultural significance. However, these areas are not only private property but also dangerous places to hang out. In 2013, 476 people were killed and another 432 were injured in railroad trespassing incidents.

In an effort to reduce these tragedies, NTSB is holding a public forum March 24-25 on the dangers of trespassing on the railroad right-of-way. Trains and Trespassing: Ending Tragic Encounters will feature speakers who have been touched by railroad trespassing tragedies, either from personal injury, affected community members, or rail employees whose crews have struck people on railroad property. The forum will draw on the expertise of railroads, regulators and researchers to discuss current and future prevention strategies.

The public is invited to attend the forum in person or view the live webcast.