Union Pacific warns eclipse viewers to stay off tracks

Union Pacific warns eclipse viewers to stay off tracks.

Union Pacific is urging eclipse watchers to steer clear of railroad tracks, according to a press release from the company.

Union Pacific has many miles of freight rail lines within the eclipse’s viewing path, and Union Pacific does not plan to alter operations or train schedules for Aug. 21, the day of the eclipse.

The company said people should not walk on or alongside railroad tracks or congregate near tracks, and should cross only at designated railroad crossings.

A fully loaded freight train travelling 50 miles per hour can take more than a mile to come to a complete stop, making it nearly impossible to avoid colliding with an individual, group or vehicle in its path. Many rail cars overhang up to six feet beyond the rails, making it a risky area, as well.

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