Union Pacific Urges Safe Travel Over The Holidays

Omaha, Neb., December 18, 2006 – In the frenzy of holiday bustle that includes family and friends, shopping lists, cooking and travel, Union Pacific urges motorists and pedestrians to take extra time and use extra caution when crossing railroad tracks this holiday season.

"Inclement weather this time of year can make roads dangerous," said Bob Grimaila, senior assistant vice president-safety and environment. "Please slow down, focus on safety and drive with caution, especially when approaching railroad tracks and grade crossings.

"As people are out traveling in unfamiliar territory, they need to be aware of not only public crossings, but private crossings as well."

Please remember these important safety guidelines to keep you and your family safe this holiday season:

  • Slow down. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads or in overcrowded parking lots.
  • Watch for advanced warning signs (a round yellow sign with the letters RXR) – this indicates that the railroad tracks cross the road ahead. Slow down or stop before crossing.
  • Always be especially careful on icy roads to make sure you will not slide onto the tracks if you need to stop.
  • Listen. Snow can muffle the sound of an approaching train. Crack the window, and lower the sound of the radio and the heater. Hang up the cell phone.
  • If your vehicle gets stuck on a railroad crossing, quickly exit the vehicle and move away from the track. Call to report your vehicle’s location to law enforcement or a railroad dispatcher. Mention any nearby landmarks (and the DOT number at the crossing if you see it).
  • Beware – one train may have passed but another could be behind it, or coming from the opposite direction on the next track. Always look both ways, and then do a quick double take before crossing.
  • And please obey the posted signs and stay away from railroad property.

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.

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