Monday, March 9, 2009

Keeping Children Safe from Train Accidents

Children are naturally curious of their surroundings. They often want to experiment with the things around them. Parents should be there to warn them of the possible accidents that could happen if they would not be careful.

Also, they must be made aware of the dangers involved in walking along railroads whether they are by themselves or with the company of other kids.

Train companies are shouldered with heavier responsibility in caring for the safety of their passengers, pedestrians and motorists as well. This is because they are considered as common couriers along with airlines and bus companies. Railroads should be properly labeled so that everyone would be aware of its existence.

A recent train accident happened to a 13-year-old boy named Stacy Frierson who was running along with his friends in a railroad. Three of his friends got off the track on time as the train came on their direction. The boy died as he was struck by the passing train.

The accident happened near Fruit and Ashlan avenues in Fresno and the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe train was moving south. The tragedy could leave trauma to the victim’s friends who witnessed the accident and to his family as well who are receiving counseling.

According to statistics, there is an average of 4,000 listed train accidents in our nation yearly. This huge number should alert parents and train companies who should exert more effort in imposing preventive measures against these accidents.