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Don't forget railroad safety this July 4th

LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Families will be heading out to parades across the state today (07/04).  Because many of Wisconsin's towns, villages, and cities were born as a result of the railroads, many of those parades will cross or parallel railroad tracks.
Please know, railroads do not stop trains on the 4th of July! Nearly all railroads run every day of the year.
If your local parade route involves railroad tracks, here a few "dos and don'ts":
  • DO be aware at railroad tracks. Stop, look, and listen for trains.
  • DO know that trains can come anytime from any direction.  Trains do not run on scheduled times.
  • DO NOT set up lawn chairs or any other materials on railroad tracks.
  • If you are in the parade, DO NOT let your vehicle stop on the tracks!  Also, DO NOT let your vehicle or unit proceed across the tracks until the preceding unit clears the tracks.
  • If you are in law enforcement, please take this seriously.  The result of non-action can be catastrophic!
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