The safety train stopped Monday at George Washington Elementary School in Burbank as state Sen. Carol Liu (D-Glendale) and others came to the campus to tout the importance of reducing fatalities along railroad tracks.
"Unfortunately, California leads the nation in the number of pedestrians hit by vehicles and trains," said Liu, who noted that earlier this month two teens were killed on the Metrolink tracks in Mission Viejo. "These accidents are tragic and must be avoided."
Last year, Liu championed the state resolution that established September as Railroad Safety Month.
On Monday morning, George Washington fourth-graders attended an assembly led by members of Operation Lifesaver, a volunteer group dedicated to teaching safety along the rails.
At a news conference, Liu said that on their way to school many George Washington students cross active tracks on the other side of the Golden State (5) Freeway near Buena Vista Street.
"Educating parents and students is important," Liu said. "So many trains pass schools, and tracks seem to be a magnet for youngsters."