About every three hours, a person or vehicle is hit by a train, according to the Federal Railroad Administration. Last year, more than 2,000 people chose not to wait for a train, and about 265 paid the ultimate price – their lives. Still, every day, motorists choose to take risks at railroad crossings.
Of the 32 people who jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge and survived, eight are able to talk about it. Journalists always ask: What went through your mind when you were falling? Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas, CEO and co-founder of the Carson J. Spencer Foundation, says their answers always reflect a moment of instant clarity.
As Union Pacific Special Agent Kevin Wells strides through the dusty San Antonio heat, he peers through shadows cast by two empty box cars.
They say if a referee in a basketball game is doing his job well, you won't even know he's there.
The same can be said of a bridge. We cross them every day on our way to work or school or home. We will cross literally dozens, maybe even hundreds of bridges when trekking cross country on that annual family vacation. If those bridges are doing their jobs right, we'll never think twice about them, except to stare in awe at the big ones we admire from afar, and while we cross them, looking down at the water below.
Mayor Beth Bauman started the South St. Paul Mayor's Youth Task Force with a specific mission: reduce underage drinking and smoking. Just seven years later, that mission has been accomplished.
Local elected officials, community representatives and first responders learned about and discussed emergency response, training programs for first responders and technology at the railroad during recent Hazardous Materials Safety Days at two Union Pacific yards.