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University of Del. Reminds of Train Safety After Close Call

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NEWARK, Del. - Several University of Delaware students were climbing between the cars of a stalled freight train that was stopped at the North College Avenue crossing Thursday morning, when it started to roll, according to witnesses.

There were no known injuries, but witnesses say some of the students had to jump over the coupling once the train started to move. 

The same long train also blocked crossings at West Main Street and New London Road. Witnesses say the intersection was blocked for at least 20 minutes.

The University sent out a statement following the incident urging students to be patient when walking around the trains.

"Thankfully, no one was injured today, but this is a matter we take very seriously," said Skip Homiak, executive director of campus safety at the University. "We are cooperating with Newark Police and CSX Police to monitor this situation going forward."

The University also released some important reminders about train safety:

- Never cross the tracks when the crossing gates are down. 

- Use only authorized railroad crossings. 

- The property on either side of the railroad tracks is off limits to joggers, walkers, bicyclists and others; trespassing is illegal and subject to fine.

- Trains can't stop quickly. A freight train with 150 cars traveling at 60 miles per hour will require 1.5 miles or more to complete an emergency stop.

- Although trains are huge machines, environmental conditions can muffle train noises.

- Those who walk or ride near the tracks can become targets of flying debris stirred up by trains.

- In most cases, trains don't run on a fixed timetable, so you cannot depend on a train coming and going at the same time each day.

For more information on train safety, click here.
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