National Rail Safety Week kick-off event with special guest speakers

Contact: Michael Frezell, MDOT Office of Communications
517-281-6519
Agency: Transportation

WHAT:
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), Michigan Railroads Association, Operation Lifesaver, Inc., and CN Railroad will kick off National Rail Safety Week to promote safety around the railroad tracks. #RailSafety

WHO:
Sen. Curtis Hertel, D-Lansing
Rep. Andy Schor, D-Lansing
Rep. Sam Singh, D-East Lansing
Tim Hoeffner, MDOT Office of Rail director
Scott Wriggelsworth, Ingham County Sheriff's Office
Jonathan Bondra, CN Railroad special agent
Sam Crowl, Operation Lifesaver state coordinator
State and local officials  
Law enforcement officers
Railroads
Interested public
Media

WHEN:
9 a.m.
Monday, Sept. 25, 2017

WHERE:
Capital Area Multimodal Gateway
1240 South Harrison Road
East Lansing

BACKGROUND:
It happens every three hours in the United States: a person or vehicle is struck by a train. When this tragedy occurs, lives are changed forever.

To raise awareness of the dangers of being on or around railroad tracks, the first U.S. Rail Safety Week is happening this year Sept. 24-30. This event is being spearheaded by Operation Lifesaver, Inc. in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation and other safety organizations.

Activities are being planned each day during the week to share lifesaving messages throughout our communities. By working together on raising railroad safety awareness, we can save lives.