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Watch for railroad emergency signs

MnDOT says they are posted at each crossing.

Posted: Jun. 20, 2018 2:05 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. – If drivers run into trouble at a railroad crossing, all they’ve got to do is look for the sign.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says there are blue-and-white emergency notification signs posted near each rail crossing on both sides of the road. The signs show the railroad emergency contact number of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s national crossing number, which identifies the exact location.

“The seven number and letter crossing code and the railroad phone number are the only two things a motorist needs to know when reporting an issue,” said Jim Weatherhead, state rail program coordinator. “Motorists don’t need to know the name of the street or railroad.”

The Federal Railroad Administration requires emergency notification signs at all public crossings.

“The railroad can dispatch their own people or law enforcement. There might be times the railroad isn’t aware that a signal is malfunctioning or that an emergency or dangerous situation exists, so calling the number on the blue and white sign is the quickest way to contact the railroad or to reach emergency responders,” Weatherhead said.

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