Railway Safety Week Prompts Reminder to Use Caution Near Tracks

Railway Safety Week Prompts Reminder to Use Caution Near Tracks

CN Symington Yard
A CN locomotive moves through Symington Yard in Winnipeg on November 10, 2012. (CN / HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — The importance of rail safety is being amplified by officials as Rail Safety Week gets underway.

The province and representatives from CN gathered Monday to remind Manitobans to exercise caution and follow the rules around railways.

In 2017, there were 15 rail-crossing accidents in Manitoba that resulted in two fatalities and three serious injuries. One person was killed and two others were seriously injured in trespassing-related incidents on railways during the same year.

“There are approximately 6,000 kilometres of railway track in Manitoba,” said Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler.

“With such a large amount of rail infrastructure, it’s critical that Manitobans remember to be safe around our many rail crossings.”

Rail Safety Week in Manitoba is September 23-29.

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