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Running with the Train -Glamis Dunes

Years ago we heard about a tragedy involving a Rhino and a train at the Glamis Dunes. This particular involved two teenage girls and a young boy. The accident occurred when they were waiting for the train to pass and since the crossing guard arms were down and one of the victims tried to go around the train. As I am looking for information for this blog I almost come to tears, be safe be smart and always look both ways when crossing the railroad tracks. As I did a google search I came across one of the YouTube videos made for the three victims http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdXdaIa8_OU&feature=related Why would I post this? hopefully people realize how important it is to stay off the tracks. The Union Pacific released an article online about putting up a fence around the tracks. I cannot tell you how many times I have physically seen people on OHVs trying to race the train. People the train is not as skinny as rail road tracks. The train actually hangs three extra feet on both sides over the rails. According to the Union Pacific website over 1800 people are killed or injured on or near rail road tracks. Don’t race the trains! For the complete article please visit
http://www.uprr.com/newsinfo/releases/community/2008/1217_glamis.shtml

I personally know people who work for Union Pacific. Several times I have heard them call their wives some times in tears because someone thought they were going to beat a steel train going at 70 miles per hour, It takes time for a train to stop. The train conductors will usually honk the horn when they see people who are close to the track. I would say at least within 500 feet.  Sometimes with will honk and people will acknowledge their presence and they will still try to beat the train. The biggest stretch of train track is located in Imperial Sand Dunes Glamis Area or simply known as Glamis.  Stay away from trains, obey the signs and regulations posted. Don’t be the person that will ruin it for everyone. Play smart, Play safe.

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