Railroad Authority Holds Mock Trespass Event

Posted on: 7:07 am, November 19, 2013, by

Train tracks

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The Huntsville-Madison Railroad Authority along with AL Operation Lifesaver is holding a drill today about the dangers of trespassing on railroad tracks.

There have been four fatalities involving pedestrians being struck and killed by a train in town this past year. Two of the incidents happened in October at Triana and Holmes Avenue. We have seen two other fatal train versus pedestrian incidents; one was just off Old Madison Pike and another was close to downtown near Holmes Avenue.

The drill will be at 10:00 this morning at 119 Woodson Street, near Clinton Avenue in Huntsville. Paramedics will care for mock victims as part of today’s drill. The Huntsville Police and Fire Department will also be participating. Railroad officials and members of Operation Lifesaver will be on hand.

The drill is hoped to decrease the number of train related fatalities by raising public awareness about the dangers of being around railroad tracks.

Trespassing is illegal and can be deadly.


  • Michael Kewl says:

    It is very difficult to imagine these four deaths can be explained by not seeing, feeling nor hearing the approaching train…

  • Ron says:

    You are correct could it be that the trains are exceeding the legal speed and not blowing there horns as they are susposed to do though our City?

    • Ashley says:

      Really Ron. So you are pointing the finger at the train? My heart goes out to the family of the deceased as well as the train crew. There is nothing the train crew can do to prevent tragedies like this. That is why it is so important for pedestrians NOT TO TRESPASS!!!!!! STAY OFF TRACKS!!!!!!!!!

  • yes i do agree that trains goes to fast on tracks. People that wears head phones does not pay attend to coming trains.

  • James says:

    Probably the majority of people killed by trains are there on purpose.

  • Angie says:

    I would like to know who thought it was a good idea to actually put two children on railroad tracks with an active train in order to prove there is a safety issue. This has got to be one of the most idiotic, careless, thoughtless ways to make a point I’ve seen in a long time.

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