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BURLINGTON, N.C.-- Norfolk Southern Police and Alamance County law enforcement agencies are working together to reduce train accidents.

Six Amtrak passenger trains and several freight trains travel across Alamance County daily, and though most pass through without incident, the NCDOT has recorded 18 accidents since 2007.

To reduce the number of accidents, railroad and law enforcement officials are passing out safety materials to neighbors, businesses and school groups.

The flyers serve as reminders about the dangers of ignoring flashing lights and crossing gates.

Authorities also remind the public that walking along the railroad tracks is a misdemeanor.