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Kansas shelter gets grant to educate on train safety

Associated Press - January 6, 2014 4:26 am

Some Kansas towns are grappling with how to save the dwindling number of historic railroad depots.

A Topeka homeless shelter has received a $5,000 train safety education grant after two recent railroad track deaths of residents.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the Topeka Rescue Mission is among 21 public safety agencies and other groups nationwide receiving such grants from Union Pacific.

A woman staying at the Rescue Mission died in May on nearby tracks in a suicide, and a male guest died in July in what was believed to be an accident.

Rescue Mission executive director Barry Feaker says at least six people have been fatally injured on the tracks in the past 25 years. Feaker says the grant will be used to create educational materials and expand safety education efforts.

Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal