|Railroad safety alert
The Denver Police Department in conjunction with Councilwoman Montero’s Office are urging the public to use particular caution around railroads and railroad crossings in light the most recent serious injury accident at 47th Avenue and York Street. The investigation revealed that a train was stopped on the tracks blocking York Street at about 7:00 PM. Mr. Robert Reichert (54 years old) attempted to crawl in between two railcars in a restricted area approximately 150 feet west of the intersection when the train began to move. Mr. Reichert was knocked down and his legs were run over by the wheels of the railcar. Mr. Reichert was transported to the hospital where he is in critical condition. The public is reminded of the following points:
1. Trains always have the right-of-way and everyone else must yield to a train.
2. Railroad tracks are on private property and crossing tracks in areas other than at intersections may be considered trespassing.
3. Trains cannot stop quickly and are often moving faster than they appear.
4. Trains can move in either direction quickly from a stationary position without warning.
It cannot be emphasized enough that trying to crawl in between or under railcars on a stopped train is extremely dangerous and illegal. For more information concerning trains and safety, please go to the Operation Lifesaver website at www.oli.org