FWCS Students Learn Train Track Safety

Jun 3, 2015

Operation Lifesaver's network of authorized volunteer speakers and trained instructors offer free rail safety education programs in fifty states.
Credit Operation Lifesaver

Students at several Fort Wayne Community Schools this week learned about how to stay safe around trains and railroad crossings. 

“Tracks are for trains, not for kids.”

By the end of the presentation by the organization Operation Lifesaver, students at Indian Village Elementary were all chanting the reminder that may help them stay safe to and from school, and over the summer.

2nd graders Julian Conwell, Jodoea Yarbough, and Haley Higgins offer some more lessons learned.

They say "not to go on train tracks because they’re for trains." Also to "take your headphones off when you’re crossing a train. Don’t put stuff on train tracks, because you can get hurt.”

They were also reminded to walk their bikes across tracks, and that it’s dangerous and illegal to walk along the train tracks.

Operation Lifesaver says a car or person is struck by a train once every three hours in the U.S.

Fort Wayne Community Schools and other districts are limiting their transportation starting in the fall, and expect more students to begin walking and riding their bikes to school.