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Your safety 1st: railroad crossing safety for emergency responders.
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2003-121, 2003 Jun; :1-4
In March of 2002, a 48-year-old volunteer fire fighter in Kentucky, driving a tanker truck, received fatal injuries after being struck by a freight train and thrown from his vehicle as he attempted to cross a private, ungated railroad crossing. The fire fighter was returning the apparatus to the station following a training exercise. Two years earlier, a 31-year-old career fire fighter in North Carolina died after the ladder truck he was driving collided with a train at a railroad crossing with two sets of tracks. He was returning to the station after a false alarm. The gates at the crossing were down and warning lights activated. The northbound train moved slowly forward, then stopped after clearing the crossing to wait for permission from the dispatcher to proceed. A tanker car obstructed the fire fighter's view of an approaching southbound train. He drove around the first lowered gate, over the tracks and into the path of the second train. The force of the impact ejected the fire fighter from his vehicle, resulting in his death. This flyer includes driving tips, information about how to respond when a vehicle becomes stuck on railroad tracks, and what to do when a train is approaching a stalled vehicle.
Fire-fighters; Emergency-responders; Accident-prevention; Injury-prevention; Railroads; Motor-vehicles
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2003-121
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division