Crossing and trespassing fatalities up in February 2019

The railway statistics for February 2019 are in and the numbers aren’t going in the right direction.
For the second month in a row, the number of Canadians killed in trespassing and crossing incidents was up compared to the year before. And once again, crossing fatalities were also above the five-year average for the month.

Four people lost their lives in crossing incidents in February and three others were killed trespassing on railway property or tracks.

“It’s extremely concerning when we see the number of deaths and trespassing incidents going up, instead of down. Even one life lost is one too many,” says Sarah Mayes, Operation Lifesaver Canada’s National Director. “People often assume they’ll be able to hear a train coming, or that a train can stop in time to avoid hitting them. But that’s usually not the case. And too often, Canadians are paying the price for those assumptions.”

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