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Truck and Train Safety 
by Union Pacific

The recent oil and gas boom created by the discovery of the Eagle Ford Shale has presented new challenges for Texas drivers, especially truck drivers hauling heavy equipment supporting oil and gas exploration. The boom has resulted in a sharp increase in train and semi-truck collisions due to unsafe driver decisions at railroad crossings.

The heavy vehicles involved in drilling rig and fracking moves have the potential to derail trains, injure or kill truck drivers and train crews and cause a release of toxic chemicals. Safe driving decisions and awareness are especially critical in this environment.

Union Pacific invites you to attend a safety presentation by Buck Russel, manager of public safety for Union Pacific’s Southern Region. He will discuss crossing signage, safety standards, emergency procedures and general railroad information. Russel also will share recommendations that will help truck drivers cross the tracks safely including:

  • Choosing routes carefully to prevent vehicle hang-ups
  • Being mindful of crossing approach width to prevent driving off the crossing surface or dragging across the railroad tracks
  • Never stopping any part of a vehicle on railroad crossings
  • Ensuring all employees are aware of the location of the emergency phone number and crossing identification posted at the crossing
  • Immediately calling the emergency phone number at the crossing or 911 to report disabled vehicles on the tracks or other emergencies

Incidents or emergencies at Union Pacific crossings can be directly reported by calling 1-888-877-7267 (1-888-UPRR-COP). Operators are available to help 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week.