Traffic Crossing Safety

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Trains pass through Mid-Michigan everyday and police say pedestrains and drivers must stay alert when crossing tracks.

"Anytime you approach a railroad track you need to be aware of your surroundings and make sure there are no trains coming," said Officer Wing Lum of the East Lansing Police Department.

Hundreds of Michigan State students cross tracks to get to class everyday and many of them admit they don't bother to look.

"I don't look usually," said sophmore Ann Yatz. "I think for the most part you can hear when a train's coming.

Officer Lum said train pedestrain fatalities are rare but when the accidents do occur, they usually result in death.

"The trains are traveling at a high rate of speed because there's a lot of mass behind them. Pedestrains are definitely not going to win if there's a train wreck."

Officer Lum added trains traveling 45 miles per hour take more than a quarter mile to stop.