Police Departments Remind Students and Residents Not to Trespass on Railroad Property

Omaha, Nebr., November 06, 2007 – Union Pacific Railroad reminds Illinois State University students and residents to avoid the railroad's right of way at all times of day and night, except at designated public crossings.  Construction projects will be under way near ISU for the next several years and persons should not only keep a careful lookout for trains, but also for construction equipment.

Union Pacific and Normal Police departments will be working to remind persons not to trespass on railroad property and, if need be, cite trespassers. Both agencies are planning future enforcement days to remind students and residents about the dangers of trespassing on railroad right of way.

"Last year, 517 people died while trespassing on the property of railroads throughout the United States," said Dennis Jenson, assistant vice president-chief of police. "We want to remind everyone that walking on the railroad's right of way is extremely dangerous because you never know when a train will come along. It is also against the law."

Through August 2007, some 26,461 people have been caught trespassing on Union Pacific Railroad property. Trespassers on the railroad's right of way are subject to arrest for violating trespassing laws and can face jail time and a fine.

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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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