EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Wisconsin Rail Safety Week events begin this weekend.
The events take place in Warrens, Barron and Eau Claire.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the Office of the Commissioner of Railroads, Wisconsin Operation LifeSaver, and Federal Railroad Administration are hoping to increase awareness of the importance of safe practices at railroad crossings and around tracks.
The Wisconsin DOT says the number of crashes at railroad crossing were up from 2015. It says in 2016 two people were killed and 15 people injured as a result of 46 railroad crossing crashes.
The department also says one person died and three people were injured while trespassing on railroad tracks.
The events include:
WHEN: Friday - Saturday, Sept. 22 - 24
WHAT: Warrens Cranberry Fest Booth and Parade on Sunday
WHERE: UP Crash Car will be parked at north end of Main Street near Grant Street
UP Crash Car and See Tracks, Think Trains Mascot will be Sunday, 2 p.m. parade
WHO: Susie Klinger, Operation Lifesaver (715) 966-0500
Gary Koerner, Operation Lifesaver (920) 740-3430
Tammy Wagner, Federal Railroad Administration (815) 715-6034
Mark Marcks, Union Pacific Railroad Police (715) 450-6807
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23 - AM
WHAT: Canadian National Crossing Enforcement Blitz, Barron
WHERE: Please phone for exact location and time
WHO: Dave Knuth, Canadian National (920) 929-6018
Russ Kollmansberger, Canadian National (312) 877-1300
Susie Klinger, Operation Lifesaver (715) 966-0500
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 24 - NOON to 5 p.m.
WHAT: Operation Lifesaver Booth
WHERE: Chippewa Valley Railroad Museum, 101 Carson Park Drive, Eau Claire
WHO: Paul & Margarette Alquist, Operation Lifesaver Volunteers (715) 559-6552
Chuck & Georgene Lindvig, Operation Lifesaver Volunteers
Governor Scott Walker has declared September 24-30, 2017 as Rail Safety Week in Wisconsin.