Photo shoots on area railroads causing safety concerns in Wisconsin

August 5, 2015

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) You may have seen them on your Facebook feed or Instagram, photo shoots on area railways, but police say this is a potentially deadly trend they hope to stop in its tracks.

A Union Pacific train was forced to stop on Eau Claire train tracks near Galloway Street last night because a group was taking pictures.

Officer Kyle Roder with the Eau Claire Police Department says they’re seeing more situations like this and officers aren’t taking them lightly.

“Recently we’ve had a number of issues on the railroad tracks and trespassing is dangerous because sometimes people aren’t paying attention when they’re on the tracks, so a train will approach and they’re not aware of it being there,” said Roder.

Along with Eau Claire the Chippewa Falls Police Department says trespassers on area tracks is a steady problem year round.

So now, the departments, along with local railroad companies, are asking people to stay off the private property or they’ll have to take action.

 

Reporter Jessica Bringe of WEAU.com has the full story.

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