Statement from Operation Lifesaver, Inc., President Helen M. Sramek on 6/24/11 incident

Our thoughts are with the families of the truck driver, the train's conductor, and the passengers who were affected by Friday's collision between a truck and Amtrak's California Zephyr. This incident underscores the importance of Operation Lifesaver's ( ongoing mission to reduce these deadly incidents through driver and pedestrian education. Because one out of every four vehicle-train collisions involves a large truck or other commercial motor vehicle, we developed our new Rail Safety for Professional Drivers e-Learning program to prepare truck drivers for the dangers present at crossings. We are reaching out to trucking companies across the U.S. so that they can take advantage of this critical safety tool for their drivers.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Operation Lifesaver officials are available for media interviews: contact us at 1-800-537-6224 or email Marmie Edwards to request an interview.

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 general[at] 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 news[at]

About Operation Lifesaver

Operation Lifesaver is a nonprofit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and trespassing on or near railroad tracks. Our team consists of nationwide network of volunteers who work to educate people about rail safety, state coordinators who lead the efforts in states across the U.S. and a national office in Washington, D.C., that supports state programs, develops education materials, and creates public awareness campaigns for audiences of all ages. 


National Office

Operation Lifesaver, Inc.
425 Third Street SW, Suite 915
Washington, D.C. 20024

Fax: 703-519-8267
Email : [email protected]

Media Inquiries: [email protected]

Transit Inquiries: [email protected]

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