MONTREAL, Que.– Trespassing on railway property continues to cause unnecessary and avoidable deaths and injuries across Canada. CN is launching its annual public awareness campaign stressing the deadly risks of trespassing on railway tracks and property, and is also working with communities to try to keep people safe by keeping them away from the tracks, the company said in a release this morning.
In 2014, there were 58 trespasser accidents in Canada that caused 36 fatalities and 21 serious injuries.
“Trespassing fatalities are entirely preventable,” says CN Police Chief Stephen Covey. “No member of the public needs to be or ever should be on the tracks on or rail property. The railway is not a safe place for children to play and it is not safe for adults to take short cuts across it.”
During Rail Safety Week, CN’s Security Team comes out in full force in partnership with Operation Lifesaver, conducting safety initiatives at commuter stations and railroad crossings. CN employees across the company are engaged to help spread the word on rail safety as well.
“Grade-crossing accidents represented another serious type of rail incident. There were 180 crossing accidents in Canada in 2014, with 21 of these resulting in fatalities and 25 resulting in serious injuries. These tragedies can be prevented simply by obeying the crossing signals. Trains cannot stop quickly and they cannot swerve to avoid a collision,” Covey said.
CN has written to 235 communities across the country, informing them that Canada’s annual Rail Safety Week will be held this year from April 27 to May 3.