From: Sheryl Cummings, MNOL state coordinator
Jeanine Black, MNOL authorized volunteer
It is once again “Winona Wednesday,” and Minnesota Operation Lifesaver (MNOL) is back in Winona. Look for two CP Rail special police officers, Randy Skarlupka of major sponsor Miller Ingenuity, and the two of us (one dressed in the “See Tracks, Think Train” mascot costume) in the following locations today. We’ll have information about staying safe around trains, as well as goodies (some edible, some highly coveted gifts).
• 10:30-11:30 a.m., Kwik Trip at Sarnia and Huff streets
• Noon-2 p.m., WSU outside east entrance to Kryzsko Commons
• 2:30-3:30 p.m., Kwik Trip at Broadway and Mankato Avenue
• 3:30-4:30 p.m. , outside west entrance to Winona Walmart
Wednesday of Rail Safety Week also focuses on grade crossing safety and on the blue and white emergency notification system (ENS) signs posted at or near grade crossings.
Please share this information with friends and family:
• Trains can run on any track, at any time, from either direction
• Never try to beat a train to the crossing. Saving time is never worth risking your life.
• It can take a mile or more for a train to stop — the length of 18 football fields!
• Never go around lowered gates! If the red lights are flashing and the gates are down, you must stop. Once a train passes do not cross the tracks until the gates are up. There might be a second train!
• Trains overhang the tracks by at least three feet on both sides and loose straps hanging from rail cars may extend even further. Be sure to stop your vehicle or stand 15 feet from the track
• Never stop your vehicle on railroad tracks! Also pay close attention to traffic in front of you so you do not proceed onto a grade crossing — only to have to stop on the tracks because the vehicle in front of you stops.
• Pay attention to your surroundings when you cross tracks at designated crossings. Stay away from your cell phone and turn music down or off — or remove earbuds — as you approach a grade crossing. Music can be a deadly distraction!
• Never stop your vehicle on railroad tracks! Before entering the grade crossing, look at traffic ahead to make sure you won’t be required to stop on the tracks.