New initiative hopes to improve rail safety

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You may have noticed more police officers on Metra this morning or at local train   crossings.  It was part of an exercise to promote safety on the tracks.

When an accident happens on the train tracks, of course it first and foremost impacts the person or people hit and their families.  But it also impacts the train engineer, conductors, the responding police officers and the coroner.  So representatives from each of those groups joined together today to help promote safety on the tracks.

The BNSF railroad hopes the event it organized today will help prevent tragedies on the tracks.

By bringing the railroad workers and responding agencies together, they were able to build relationships with each other to help strengthen their enforcement and response.

WGN’s Sarah Jindra was there to watch the exercise live.