Louisiana Operation Lifesaver: A Freight Train

What is Louisiana Operation Lifesaver?

Operation Lifesaver is a non-profit, international continuing public education program first established in 1972 to end collisions, deaths and injuries at places where roadways cross train tracks, and on railroad rights-of-way. The Louisiana program was created in 1981.

Operation Lifesaver's Authorized Volunteers provide free safety presentations for people of all professions and age groups to help them make safe decisions around tracks and trains.

Louisiana Operation Lifesaver is sponsored cooperatively by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, Louisiana State Police, Federal Highway Administration, and Louisiana’s railroads.

Operation Lifesaver/New Orleans Saints PSA

New Orleans Saints' kicker, Garrett Hartley, starred in a 30-second Operation Lifesaver public service announcement to promote rail safety! The spot aired statewide during the 2010 pro football season. You can view Hartley’s important safety message here! Stay focused near train tracks and stay alive! Geaux Saints and Operation Lifesaver!

Louisiana Rail Safety Week Mock Crash Video

DeSoto Parish Mock Crash – October 4, 2011

Louisiana Operation Lifesaver sponsored Louisiana Rail Safety Week from October 3-9, 2011, with two mock crashes to promote rail safety. The DeSoto Parish mock crash on October 4 staged a saltwater truck impacted by a KCS train to raise awareness due to increased truck traffic in the Haynesville Shale drilling area. The Tangipahoa Parish mock crash on October 6 involved an Amtrak train with dozens of passengers in a collision with a truck at Port Manchac. Emergency responders and law enforcement personnel practiced rescue and response drills to be prepared if such an event occurs.

Tangipahoa Parish Mock Crash – October 6, 2011