Deerfield chief warning residents about train track dangers

DEERFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Residents of Deerfield and several other western Massachusetts communities have been warned to take extreme caution around railroad tracks, as the arrival of high speed rail service in our region is quickly approaching.

Deerfield Police Chief John Paciorek sent out an automated message that went out to all town residents to stay off the tracks, as the trains run at 80 miles per hour. Testing of the high speed trains is expected to take place on Friday.

David Goff of South Deerfield told 22News that those who live in small communities such as his are accustomed to trains that only travel at about 10 miles per hour sometimes, so it is not uncommon for people to cross the tracks on foot. He says he is glad that people are being much more careful now.

High speed rail service is expected to begin here in western Massachusetts on December 29.

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