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Safety Tips While Reporting Near the Tracks

How to Report Safely on Freight or Commuter Rails

Reporting safely near the railroad tracks is key for media professionals and journalism students.  Operation Lifesaver Inc. offers important tips and resources to make sure reporters stay safe and cautious while reporting near the tracks. Download the fact sheet and watch the educational video to learn the do's and don'ts of reporting an incident near the tracks.  

Reporting on Rail-Related Suicide Incidents

Operation Lifesaver, Inc. offers free resources for journalists reporting on rail-related suicide incidents that can help prevent contagion.

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Operation Lifesaver encourages media professionals to include useful rail safety tips and resources in their reporting.  

  • Statistics - Are you looking for rail-related statistics and numbers? Check out relevant data on rail statistics. 
  • Operation Lifesaver State Coordinators - Find information about rail safety efforts and incidents in a specific state by contacting the OL State Coordinator.

For news about Operation Lifesaver's activities or other rail safety information, visit our news page or email us at  

For additional Federal Railroad Administration information on highway-rail grade crossing safety and rail trespass prevention. Visit the FRA website.

Media Contact

Operation Lifesaver, Inc. understands the importance of the news media’s role in helping the public make safe decisions around tracks and trains.

To request further information about Operation Lifesaver’s activities, or for additional safety information, email or contact our national headquarters office at 703-739-0308.

If you are a reporter seeking information for a local news story, view our list of state Operation Lifesaver program contacts.

If you are on deadline for a story and would like Operation Lifesaver, Inc.'s perspective on a highway-rail safety or trespass prevention topic, email

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