Union Pacific Urges Motorists and Pedestrians to Travel Safely Over Halloween

Omaha, Neb., October 23, 2006 – Year after year, on the last day of October, millions of children take to the streets dressing up in costume to go trick or treating. As the spooky holiday nears, Union Pacific urges motorists and pedestrians to use extra caution when traveling across railroad tracks and grade crossings, and to please stay away from railroad property. 

"It's important to remind young children about the dangers of trains and trespassing on private property," said Bob Grimaila, senior assistant vice president-safety.  "Adults should tell them to travel only on designated walkways, and to never take short cuts or play on or near railroad tracks."

Please use the following guidelines to keep your family safe this Halloween:

  • Trains cannot stop quickly.  It can take a fully loaded freight train over a mile to stop.
  • Know your rail signs and signals. 
    - Flashing red lights, with bells and gates, are used to close the road when a train approaches. 
    - Flashing red lights, with or without bells, warn of an approaching train.
    - Remember that once one train passes, another train may well be coming behind it or from the opposite direction on another track.
    - The crossbuck sign, the most common sign at public highway-rail intersections, marks a crossing and should be considered the same as a YIELD sign.  It has two crossed white boards with the words RAILROAD CROSSING indicated.
  • Most important, always expect a train.

Jobs at Union Pacific

Currently, Union Pacific has job openings at many locations throughout its 23-state operating system.  Opportunities are available in train service, skilled disciplines (e.g., diesel mechanics and electricians) and management.  Interested applicants are encouraged to visit www.unionpacific.jobs

About Union Pacific

Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America's leading transportation companies.  Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country and serves the fastest-growing U.S. population centers.  Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal.  The railroad offers competitive long-haul routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways.  Union Pacific connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America's premier rail franchise.

For more information, contact Mark Davis at (402) 544-5459.

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