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MoDOT observes Railway Safety Week

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -- The Missouri Department of Transportation is stressing the importance of staying safe around railroads during Railway Safety Week.

MoDOT engineers say people need to slow down through crossings, and stop and look both ways if there are no crossing lights.

They also stress the importance of parents being their children while near train tracks.

They say railway accidents happen in the Tri-States every year, and their goal is to have zero deaths across the state.

"Part of our overall safety plan is to get to zero deaths across the state, whether it's pedestrian fatalities, car fatalities, or crossing fatalities. And so one crash at a railroad crossing is one too many," said Area Engineer Brian Untiedet.

Engineers added that you should not linger around tracks or walk down them, and especially not with headphones in.

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