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Days after train accident, one organization talks safety

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Two days after the tragic train accident killing 17 year old Mikal Orozco, one group has stepped in to remind the public of safety.

Operation Lifesaver has been around since 1972, educating the public on how to prevent train accidents.   Spokesperson Pat Leahy says that most people decide to go around a blockade simply to save time.  

He says that a train takes almost a mile to come to a stop going 55 miles per hour, something that most people aren't aware of.     He says the risks are far too high and wants the public to be aware of them to prevent it from happening.

"We just hope that it just helps to make people think when they get close to the tracks. It's time to just pay attention.   This is devastating when something like this happens.   Our heart goes out to all the people that's involved in this, it's a terrible thing," says Leahy.

Leahy says about every three hours a train hits a car or pedestrian across the US.

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