Event at a Fairport railroad crossing educated drivers about rail safety

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. β€” It’s National Rail Safety week. The nonprofit organization New York Operation Lifesaver held the “wear red for safety” event at a Fairport railroad crossing on Friday morning

The event is aimed at educating drivers and pedestrians on the importance of caution around railroad tracks.

“It takes a long distance for trains to stop. As you can imagine, they’re very heavy but they will stop,” said Robert Rohauer, the board secretary for CSX Transportation. β€œIt’s just that it could take up to a mile or more for an average freight train stop. That’s the equivalent of 18 football fields put end to end.”

A collision occurs at a railway crossing every three hours.