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CSX teaches Jackson County law enforcers railroad safety tips


By Patrice Clark – bio | email

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - CSX Railroad Statistics show that every two hours there's a train accident in the United States. Many times police officers are the first responders to arrive on the scene. CSX is providing expert training to Jackson County officers to handle the dangerous situations.

Looking around South Mississippi's streets, there are railroad tracks and trains almost everywhere. But law enforcement officers admit safety is usually a major problem at the crossings.

"I have worked several train crashes in my career with the sheriff's office, and I can tell you this, anything versus a train is going to lose," Jackson County Sheriff Bryan White said.

This week, law enforcers in Jackson County are learning the do's and don't's when responding to train accidents. CSX railroad safety director Bob Martin is teaching the two day class near Highway 63.

"Law enforcement is usually the first on the scene," Martin said. "They need to know that some of the locomotives out here have things that can hurt them, if they don't know what they are dealing with." 

The team learned how to examine and identify different trains, and how to shutdown engines in a timely manner. Martin also taught the group the proper way to look for dangerous fuels or explosives after an accident. 

"They know who is in charge of the train. What to look for, what not to do, and what not to touch," Martin said. "We try to make a big point of the fact that they always need to be watching their back and looking over their shoulders because another train may come up on them. Anytime is train time." 

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