Monday, August 14, 2017

Union Pacific warns eclipse viewers off tracks

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Don’t look directly at the eclipse, viewers are warned, with Union Pacific adding: Stay off our tracks.

The Omaha-based railroad said it has “many miles of freight rail lines within the eclipse’s viewing path.” It does not plan to alter operations or train schedules Aug. 21, and advised eclipse viewers not to walk on or alongside or congregate near railroad tracks, and only cross at designated railroad crossings.

The total eclipse will only be visible in a comparatively narrow swath in the center of the U.S., but a 60% or better eclipse will be visible in an area stretching from the southwest border to Maine in the northeast.

“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,“ the railroad said in a release. “Many rail cars overhang up to six feet beyond the rails, making it a risky area, as well.”

“During Union Pacific’s proud 155 years of existence, 15 total eclipse events have transpired in the continental United States,” said Rod Doerr, Union Pacific vice president - Safety. “For those looking to participate in this historic event, please do so safely and stay away from railroad tracks.”



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