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Railroad official visiting N.D.

A Federal Railroad Administration official is in North Dakota this week to talk about the importance of railroad safety. Regional Crossing and Trespasser Manager Tammy Wagner of Chicago plans to meet with residents, transportation officials and F...

A Federal Railroad Administration official is in North Dakota this week to talk about the importance of railroad safety.

Regional Crossing and Trespasser Manager Tammy Wagner of Chicago plans to meet with residents, transportation officials and Fargo-Moorhead media during her visit.

Most of her schedule was determined before the two train-related fatalities last week in the metro area, she said.

Wagner is in Bismarck today for Operation Lifesaver, a class that trains people "to go out and talk about railroad safety" throughout the state.

Her week also includes meetings with Minnesota and North Dakota transportation officials. Discussions will include statewide rail safety projects.

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During her stop in Fargo-Moorhead, Wagner hopes to see how the quiet zone project is coming along. She praised the cities' safety efforts in that area.

"We're really watching that project. We've had other communities throughout the nation inquire about how they achieved their funding and their method for improving each grade crossing," Wagner said.

Wagner also plans to do a media segment Wednesday about railroad safety in Fargo-Moorhead.

"Our main focus is going to be trespass prevention, educating folks on safe practices when near railroad property," Wagner said.

"We just want to make sure we get the right message out: anytime you're near railroad property, look both ways and watch for that approaching train."

Part of the reason pedestrian-train fatalities are increasing nationally is people are in too much of a hurry to get to their destination, Wagner said.

"They don't slow down and look in both directions," she said.

Others misjudge the speed of the train and try to race across or don't use established cross walks, she added.

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Since 2000, Fargo-Moorhead has had 14 train fatalities.

"We certainly like to get those numbers down to zero," Wagner said. "Hopefully by educating folks of all ages, we could prevent further tragedies near the railroad crossings."

Readers can reach Forum reporter Teri Finneman at (701) 241-5560

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