Train safety lessons pre­vent tragedy

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

The death of 13-year-old Rey­han Safoglu on a rail­road track was tragic, but it was not “no­body’s fault” [“Just 10 sec­onds be­tween hear­ing a siren to wit­ness­ing death,” Metro, June 30]. The Post would do well to in­clude the rail­road safety les­son th­ese teens did not heed: Al­ways as­sume a train is com­ing, no mat­ter where or when. Trains can­not stop for pedes­tri­ans as cars and trucks can. Even over­grown tracks can have reg­u­lar train traf­fic. Loi­ter­ing on the tracks is not just dan­ger­ous, it is also il­le­gal tres­pass­ing.

We can pre­vent tragedies like this one by teach­ing chil­dren to avoid train tracks, just as we teach them not to wan­der into road­ways.

Thomas Capon, Ber­wyn Heights

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