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Union Pacific Railroad urges drivers to use caution at railroad crossings this Independence Day weekend
Illinois leads region in train incidents

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[July 03, 2014]  OMAHA, Neb. - Union Pacific Railroad reminds drivers to use caution at railroad crossings while traveling during the Independence Day holiday.  

“Independence Day is a special time for gathering with family and friends, and we urge drivers to use caution as they approach and cross railroad tracks,” said Robert Morrison, Union Pacific Chief of Police. “Drivers should always expect a train and obey all railroad signals and gates when traveling during this holiday week."

With a companywide focus on safety and proactive public education through UP CARES initiatives (Union Pacific Crossing Accident Reduction Education and Safety), Union Pacific consistently works to educate residents of the more than 7,000 communities where Union Pacific operates of the need for caution around railroad tracks.

Union Pacific has reduced grade crossing accident rates by 15 percent form 2003 - 2013. UP CARES initiatives promote pedestrian and driver safety through a variety of outreach efforts:

  • Grade crossing education and enforcement, during which motorists violating rail crossing signage and laws are educated about the dangers of such actions. Related “positive enforcement” initiatives reward drivers who operate safely at grade crossings.

  • Safety trains, which host local law enforcement, media and public officials and provide them the opportunity to ride in the locomotive cab and see traffic violations from a locomotive engineer's point of view. This activity also allows Union Pacific to connect with community leaders and help them better understand the railroad's focus on safety.

  • Communication blitzes, which educate the public via community events, media outreach and paid advertising. Media outreach coincides with safety trains in UP communities.

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According to the Federal Railroad Administration, 249 people died and 952 were injured in 2013 as a result of grade crossing incidents across the United States.  (see chart below)


About Union Pacific
Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP). One of America's most recognized companies, Union Pacific Railroad connects 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing a critical link in the global supply chain. From 2004-2013, Union Pacific invested approximately $30 billion in its network and operations to support America’s transportation infrastructure. The railroad’s diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Coal, Industrial Products and Intermodal. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers, operates from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways. Union Pacific provides value to its roughly 10,000 customers by delivering products in a safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible manner.


2013 statistics are for all railroads operating in each state and include crossing incidents along with injuries and fatalities for each of the Union Pacific Railroad Northern Region states.  
Colorado 15 5 3
Illinois 126 40 15
Iowa 49 24 5
Kansas 46 12 3
Minnesota 53 27 6
Missouri 53 31 2
Nebraska 41 23 2
Wisconsin 60 22 2
Wyoming 4 2 1

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