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Published June 18, 2013, 04:33 PM

Police and BNSF officials are promoting safe driving skills around trains

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- North Dakota saw 30 train accidents involving drivers or pedestrians just last year.

By: WDAY, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- North Dakota saw 30 train accidents involving drivers or pedestrians just last year.

Of those, eight people died and 19 were injured.

Today, police and BNSF officials greeted drivers at a West Fargo railroad crossing to promote safe driving skills around trains.

Those include slowing down and being prepared for trains at any time of night or day.

Officials gave some positive reinforcement to drivers who were doing just that.

Rick Van Wey- BNSF Railway: "Make them aware and reinforce the fact that we're concerned about their safety. So, we're here, firsthand, giving information, giving items out just as reminders of our concern for the safety of the public."

The average freight train traveling 55 miles an hour takes about a mile to stop.

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