The Department of Public Safety continues to receive information about individuals crawling under or crossing between railroad cars as trains are momentarily stopped on the Southern Avenue tracks adjacent to the campus. In addition to being extremely dangerous when the train moves suddenly and unexpectedly, these activities are violations of the law and can lead to arrest and fines.
The railroad tracks are private property. For pedestrians, walking on the tracks, or crossing other than at designated locations when the tracks are clear, constitutes trespassing.
According to Operation Lifesaver, in the United States in 2006, there were:
- 466 Railroad Trespassing Injuries
- 530 Railroad Trespassing Fatalities
In 2006, Tennessee ranked 11th in trespass fatalities by state with 13 fatalities.
The University of Memphis urges everyone to refrain from these very dangerous activities. We are concerned about your well-being and safety. Until long-term solutions are developed, we are asking for your assistance to help us keep everyone safe.