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Railroad and police send message to get off the tracks

2:56 PM, Aug 21, 2013   |    comments
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(WBIR-Knoxville) Stay off the tracks.

That's the message from Knoxville Police and Norfolk Southern.

The railroad and police officers patrolled several miles of tracks in Knoxville Tuesday and Wednesday, as part of an education and enforcement program to teach people the dangers of trespassing on railroad tracks and property.

According to Norfolk Southern, over the past five years there have been an average of 500 people killed and 500 hurt while trespassing on our nation's railroads.

Railroad police say one of the biggest problems are people using cellphones along the tracks.

"In today's world, especially with cell phones and mobile devices and people that trespass with ATVs, a lot of time they won't hear the engine," said Gary Hedgepath from Norfolk Southern Railroad Police.

Trespassing on railroad tracks is illegal. Trespassers can be arrested, fined and serve jail time.

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