Railroad, city officials gather to teach

Published 3:44 pm Wednesday, May 7, 2008

By By Lisa Tindell – editor
Downtown Brewton's railroad crossings were teeming with CSX and Operation Life Saver representatives who were in town on a teaching mission Tuesday.
Operation Lifesaver Executive Director Nancy Hudson was downtown with Bob Martin who serves as the public affairs and safety supervisor for CSX transportation.
Martin said CSX officials are proactive in promoting education about railroad crossing safety as well.
Martin said the corridor from Montgomery to Flomaton is an area of great concern for CSX.
The main crossing Martin referred to is the St. Joseph and Mildred Street crossing.
Hudson said one of the biggest causes of train/vehicle crashes is drivers who aren't focused on the act of driving.
Martin said people often fail to consider what happens to the engineers and conductors of trains when a collision occurs.
Operation Lifesaver is a national public education program designed to educate the public about crossing safety that began as a grassroots effort in 1972, Hudson said.
Hudson said representatives of Operation Lifesaver are available for speaking engagements of all kinds.
To schedule an education session with Operation Lifesaver officials, contact Hudson at 1400 Norfolk Southern Drive in Birmingham or by phone at (205) 951-8013.