Friday, April 19

Rail Safety Week

Train Tracks (Ruslan Ivantsov / Adobe Stock)
Ruslan Ivantsov / Adobe Stock

ROCKY MOUNT NC (NC DOT) – This year, 17 people have died either by walking on tracks or being struck by a train at a railroad crossing in North Carolina.

Rail Safety Week (Sept. 20-26) works to increase public awareness about railroad safety to help end preventable deaths and injuries.

To keep you and your loved ones safe, always follow these safety tips:

  • When approaching a railway intersection, keep your car safely behind the white lines and never drive around the gate.
  • Never stop your car on a railroad track. If it stalls, get out!
  • Never race a train to a crossing.
  • Trains always have the right-of-way, even when law enforcement and emergency vehicles are involved.
  • For more rail safety tips, visit

For more information about NCDOT Now, contact the NCDOT Communications Office at (919) 707-2660. Additional news stories from throughout the week can be found on