If your vehicle stalls on a railroad crossing, what should you do?

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  • Switch on your emergency flashers to indicate your presence to the train crew.
  • Try to push your vehicle off the tracks.
  • Shift gears continuously to move the vehicle off the tracks.


If your vehicle gets stuck on a railroad track, do not spend any time trying to free your vehicle. Instead, get everyone including yourself out of your vehicle and walk quickly at about a 45-degree angle to the tracks in the direction from which you expect a train to approach. That way, if your vehicle is hit, you and your passengers will not be struck by flying debris. Call the telephone number on the railroad crossing sign or 911.

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