- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The N.C. Department of Transportation is warning people to stay off of railroad tracks following the deaths of 9 people who have been hit by trains so far this year.

The state is already on pace to meet or surpass the 20 deaths that occurred last year. NCDOT has issued a warning about the dangers of trespassing on railroad company property.

Officials warn that trains can show up at any time and can’t stop quickly to avoid hitting someone in their path. Freight trains don’t run on strict schedules, while passenger trains can be delayed and show up unexpectedly.

Police will fine or arrest people found walking along railroad tracks, playing in the area or taking pictures on the tracks.

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