Union Pacific Reminds Missourians to be Safe at Crossings

Missouri Rail Safety Week begins April 14

Omaha, Neb., April 10, 2008 – Union Pacific Railroad today asked that motorists and pedestrians in Missouri heed the warning devices at railroad crossings especially during Missouri Rail Safety week that begins April 14.

"With nearly 6,000 rail crossings and more than 6,400 miles of track in the state, I would like to encourage Missouri drivers and families to focus on rail safety," said. John Simpson, Union Pacific’s manager of public safety.

Nationwide, a collision occurs between a train and vehicle or a train and a pedestrian nearly every two hours.

Last year, all railroads in Missouri reported there were 46 collisions between a train and a vehicle resulting in 20 persons being injured and seven persons killed compared to 57 collisions, 25 injuries and five killed in 2006.

Union Pacific, and all Missouri railroads, work to educate drivers and pedestrians in making safe decisions at crossings and around railroad tracks during Missouri Rail Safety Week and throughout the year. 

Missouri Rail Safety Week is supported by Missouri railroads, Missouri Department of Transportation, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Missouri Operation Lifesaver.

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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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