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Danger on the tracks

A pedestrian was killed today on railroad tracks in Ridley Park by an Amtrak train.

Although it is unclear why this person was on the track, often pedestrian railroad accidents happen because of timing issues with the the crossing signals and arms. People think they have time to cross the tracks because the crossing arms and lights have not been activated, when in fact the signals are actually malfunctioning and a fast moving train is approaching.

Unbeknownst to most people, it is quite difficult to hear a train approaching from behind in time to get out of its way.

Amtrak and its safety policies will again be brought to the forefront, as the investigation into this sad accident and why the train did not see the pedestrian or stop in time to avoid striking the person continues.

To find out more, visit the Channel 6 ABC Action News website.