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October 18, 2012

Education not enough on railroad safety

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It is, as railroad officials have said, virtually impossible to police all parts of the tracks, especially rural areas such as those along Little River as it winds toward the New Hampshire line. But when it comes to section of tracks closer to the center of the community, the MBTA and city leaders must identify spots most easily accessible to children and others and take action to keep people clear of those areas.

When Fraza was killed, he was reportedly taking a shortcut from downtown to his home in the Acre neighborhood. That and other packed neighborhoods should be the targets of a safety review followed by action to keep people clear of the tracks.

The last thing the city needs is another senseless death on the tracks, another young life ended by someone taking a shortcut that could have been avoided.

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