PHOTO BY CYNDI WOOD

Railroad safety expert offers tips to drivers



PHOTO BY CYNDI WOOD
A Dedham woman avoided serious injury Sept. 2 after the car she was driving collided with a moving train at this intersection on Davis Street.

ELLSWORTH — In the light of two recent collisions in Maine between trains and vehicles, including one in Ellsworth, a rail safety expert has offered tips to drivers.

Fred Hirsch is the coordinator for Maine Operation Lifesaver, a nonprofit educational group focused on preventing collisions and injuries at railroad crossings.

He advised drivers who are approaching a railroad crossing to tap their brakes and slow down, while looking both ways to see if a train is approaching.

It’s also a good idea to roll the window down, even just a crack, and to turn off the fan, heater or air conditioning for a moment in order to hear a train that might be approaching.

For more information about the group, visit www.maineol.org or call 945-6878.

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Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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