Julie LaCombe is the executive director of Operation Lifesaver Kansas.
can be reached at 785-806-8801, 785-479-6701 or email@example.com.
Tom and Julie LaCombe
often present together; she's
the public speaker, he
said, and he
offers the perspective of an engineer.
Greater than you think, LaCombe
Railroad bridges have room only for the train - where would a fisherman go?
Trains overhang the tracks by about three feet on each side, and better rails have eliminated the "clackety-clack.
If the jogger is wearing earbuds, he
won't hear a train approaching.
On a clear track, LaCombe
could see something on the track two miles away, but if he's
topping a grade or coming around a curve, by the time he
sees someone, it's too late to stop.
The message is simple: stay off the tracks, he
Operation Lifesaver was started in 1972 by a Union Pacific Railroad employee in Idaho, with the cooperation of many Idaho communities.
After the first year of educational programs, the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities dropped by 39 percent.
The program is now nationwide, and between 1971 and 1976, collisions with trains dropped 76 percent, LaCombe