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Safety encompasses every aspect of INRD operations. Guided by policies to ensure the safety of our employees, our customers and the communities we serve, INRD works rigorously to prevent injuries and accidents through education, programming and advocacy at all levels.

Safety Tips

Safety is everyone’s responsibility, and when it comes to railroads, your decisions have an impact on your safety and the safety of others. Keep in mind these safety tips every time you see a train or approach railroad tracks:

  • Always look out for warning signs and signals. Flashing red lights indicate a train is approaching. Do not cross the tracks until the lights have stopped flashing and it is safe to do so.

  • Always assume a train is coming. Look carefully in each direction before crossing the tracks. Trains can run on any track, in either direction, at any time.

  • If it won’t fit, don’t commit! Be sure there is enough space to clear the crossing without stopping. For your safety, leave at least 15 feet between the rear of your vehicle and the tracks.

  • If your vehicle stalls on a crossing, get everyone out immediately. Move far away from the tracks even if you don’t see a train approaching. Call the emergency notification number posted on or near the crossing, or call local law enforcement.

  • Trains cannot stop quickly. The average freight train may take a mile or more to stop.

  • Watch for vehicles such as school buses and trucks carrying hazardous materials that are required to come to a full stop at railroad crossings.

  • Make sure you cross the tracks only at designated crossings, and never try to beat a train through a crossing.

  • Any issue or incident on or near INRD tracks that risks the safety of any person should be reported immediately to our Emergency Line at 800-677-1985.

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