Editorial: Dangerous to walk along railroad tracks

The Indiana Rail Road Co. recently released video taken from the perspective of the conductor of a train as it ran over two women who had trespassed on an 80-foot-tall railway bridge in nearby Monroe County.

“Railroad tracks are private property; they are not public thoroughfares, and they are very dangerous,” company officials said in a statement, adding that this was never more clear than after the recent, near-fatal incident.

Eric Powell, a railroad manager, said that just before 7 a.m. July 10 a train was headed northeast in Monroe County, approaching Lake Lemon, when the train’s engineer saw two women in the train’s path. He said the women were trespassing on the middle of a bridge that spanned an inlet of Lake Lemon. The bridge is 500 feet long and 80 feet high.

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