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April 20, 2007 06:00 ET

CN to focus on deadly trespassing issue during Rail Safety Week in Canada

Trespassing claims almost twice as many lives as crossing incidents

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - April 20, 2007) - CN announced today that it will emphasize the deadly risks of trespassing on railway property during Rail Safety Week from April 23 to 29, 2007. CN Police officers will be out in full force this week, conducting their annual safety blitz operations at highway/railway crossings in about 100 locations across Canada and the United States, alerting motorists to the importance of safety at crossings and to the dire consequences of trespassing on railway property.

Trespassing includes: walking, playing or running on or beside railway tracks; driving a bike, a car, an ATV, a snowmobile, or any other vehicle on or beside railway tracks; taking a shortcut across railway tracks or railway property or entering railway yards at any time.

Recent statistics reveal that trespassing incidents claimed 58 lives in Canada in 2006, remaining at a constant yearly average over the past decade, while fatalities due to crossing collisions were down to 28, reflecting a steady improvement during the same period. Statistics also show that in 2006, 93 per cent of trespassing incidents resulted in death or serious injuries (63 per cent fatalities and 30 per cent serious injuries)(1).

CN Police Chief Serge Meloche said: "Trespassing on railway tracks and in rail yards is dangerous and illegal and CN Police officers strictly enforce regulations by issuing tickets to trespassers. However, railway properties are extremely large and spread out and it is very difficult to stop trespassing. Enforcement is not enough - education can help reduce fatalities. This is why we are increasing our efforts to inform people of the very serious risks they take when trespassing."

This year, during the safety blitz operations, CN Police officers will conduct an information campaign with motorists, cautioning them against trespassing and providing them with a flyer about what people need to know about trespassing.

Meloche added: "Our message is clear: Don't put yourself at risk by trespassing on railway property. In other words, don't let a shortcut cut your life short. Acting responsibly and safely is the right thing to do and it is everyone's responsibility."

Focusing its efforts on promoting safety is not new for CN. Every year, CN Police officers make hundreds of All Aboard for Safety presentations and talk to more than a quarter of a million children and adults at schools and community events about the importance of safety and the dangers of walking and playing on or near railway tracks. They also conduct dramatic, high-impact simulations of train-vehicle collisions to demonstrate the potentially dire consequences of being careless and/or drinking and driving, especially at crossings.

Rail Safety Week was created in 2003 by Operation Lifesaver and its partners to raise public awareness of the potential dangers at highway/railway crossings and from trespassing on railway property.

CN has been promoting railway safety for more than 25 years through its All Aboard for Safety community education program. Part of the strength of this program is the collaborative relationship with major community safety partners: Operation Lifesaver, Safe Communities Canada, Safe Kids Canada, SMARTRISK and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

CN - Canadian National Railway Company - spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the key cities of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, St. Louis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America.

(1) Statistics: Transportation Safety Board of Canada

For more information on the safety blitz locations in your area, see the attached schedule.


STATISTICS

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While 10 year statistical trends - 1997 to 2006 - reveal a decline in collisions and fatalities at railway crossings, trespassing incidents have remained at a constant level in Canada, with an average of 58.6 fatalities per year for the same 10 years period (1997 - 2006).

The relative percentage of fatalities resulting from trespassing collisions is also much higher, indicating that trespassing incidents are, on the average, more serious than crossing incidents.



The 2006 figures are a good indication:

Collisions Fatalities Serious Injuries

Trespasser incidents: 91 58 27

Crossing collisions: 249 28 27


More than 63 per cent of trespassing incidents result in fatalities and a staggering 93 per cent result in either death or serious injuries.

Source: Transportation Safety Board of Canada


TALES FROM THE TRACK

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The incident:

The gates were down and the lights were flashing, but a mother with a small child was in a hurry and ran across the railway tracks as a train was approaching. She tripped and fell on the tracks and then got up and continued running across while dragging her child behind her in order to beat the train. This time they made it across.

The lesson:

Don't put yourself at risk by racing across a railway track to try to beat an oncoming train. It's your choice. It's your life and the life of your child.

The incident:

A young man was killed by a train while driving his ATV close to a railway track. The noise from his vehicle blocked out the sound of the train and he never heard it coming.

The lesson:

Don't put yourself at risk by walking or riding any type of vehicle, on or anywhere near railway tracks. Trespassing is dangerous and illegal.

The incident:

A father dropped off his 12-year-old son near a railway track so that his son could cross over the track and climb through a hole in the fence to get to school. He took a shortcut to save five minutes.

The lesson:

Don't put yourself and your loved ones at risk by taking shortcuts across railway tracks. Never climb over or through fences on railway property.

The incident:

A CN Police officer spotted a three-year-old girl wandering out from between two rail cars of a train waiting at a platform. She was followed by her mother, who lifted a stroller (carrying a baby) over the knuckle between the rail cars. The officer stopped the train from pulling out, averting a deadly accident.

The lesson:

Never climb on or over rail cars. If you chose to trespass on railway property, you're putting your life on the line.

The incident:

A man was walking his dog along a railway track when a train approached. The train's crew blew the horn and the man got off the tracks but the dog did not. Local police said that both were struck and killed as the man tried to grab his dog off the tracks.

The lesson:

Don't put yourself at risk by walking on or beside railway tracks. Trains are not able to stop quickly and cannot swerve to avoid you on the track. Trespassing is deadly.

The incident:

CN Police saw an elderly woman run past the flashing lights at a railway crossing in front of a moving train. The train went into emergency stop, almost hitting her. When questioned why she did this, her reply was, "I'm an old lady. If I get hit, it's my choice." When the officer explained that he would have to tell her grandchildren how their grandmother got injured or killed, she had a tear in her eye and apologized to the officer and the train crew.

The lesson:

There are dire consequences if you trespass. It's your choice and it's your life.

The incident:

Two young men hopped a freight train in Halifax going to Ontario. CN Police in New Brunswick spotted them and took them off the train. One of the young men was a paraplegic in a wheel chair.

The lesson:

Don't put yourself at risk by hitching a ride or jumping a train. Anyone found on railway property will be charged with trespassing and fined.

The incident:

A small group of teenagers decided to cross the railway tracks near their school instead of using a designated crossing which was a little further down. They waited for a train to go by and then started crossing only to be hit by a train coming in the opposite direction on the other track. The train was unable to stop quickly.

The lesson:

Don't put yourself at risk and stay safe by crossing railway tracks at designated crossings. Remember trains can come from either direction, on any track, at any time.



Safety Blitz Locations

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City Crossing location Date Time
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NOVA SCOTIA
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Truro Willow Street Apr. 24 10:00 - 11:30
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NEW BRUNSWICK
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Moncton Mill Road Apr. 26 10:00 - 12:00
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QUÉBEC
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Charny Rue de L'église (near Via Apr. 26 13:00 - 15:00
Station)
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Deux-Montagnes Boul. Deux-Montagnes Apr. 25 07:00 - 09:00
(near the commuter
station)
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Montréal Rue de Courcelle (North of Apr. 23 08:00 - 10:00
Notre-Dame)
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Québec City Boul. L'hitrière (near Apr. 25 16:00 - 18:00
Highway 40)
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Rivière Des Prairies Boul. Rivière des Prairies Apr. 25 08:00 - 10:00
(Henri-Bourassa North)
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Saint-Bruno Boul. des Seigneurial Apr. 25 15:00 - 17:00
(Route 116 North)
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Saint-Laurent Rue O'Brien (North of Apr. 24 07:00 - 09:00
Henri-Bourassa)
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Ville-Lemoyne Rue Saint-Georges (Sir- Apr. 26 13:00 - 15:00
Wilfred-Laurier)
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ONTARIO
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Beachville Zorra Road (North of Apr. 27 08:00 - 10:00
Ingersoll Rd.)
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Beamsville Ontario Street (South of Apr. 26 16:00 - 17:00
QEW)
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Belleville Elmwood Drive (South of Apr. 23 08:00 - 10:00
Airport Pkwy)
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Belleville East Moria Street (South Apr. 23 15:00 - 17:00
of College)
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Brampton Mill Street (at Railroad Apr. 26 08:00 - 10:00
St.)
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Brantford Hardy Road (West of Brant Apr. 23 08:00 - 10:00
Ave.)
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Brantford Powerline Road (West of Apr. 23 11:00 - 13:00
MacMillan Rd.)
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Brighton Prince Edward Street Apr. 24 08:00 - 10:00
(South of County Rd. 2)
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Brighton Ontario Street (South of Apr. 24 15:00 - 17:00
County Rd.2)
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Burlington Upper Middle Road (West Apr. 25 16:00 - 18:00
of Appelby Line)
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Chatham-Kent Kiel Drive (South of Apr. 23 10:00 - 12:00
Richmond St.)
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Chatham-Kent Kiel Drive (North of Park Apr. 23 13:00 - 15:00
Ave.)
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Cobourg Brook Road (North of Apr. 25 15:00 - 17:00
County Rd. 2)
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Cobourg Darcy Street (North of Apr. 26 08:00 - 10:00
King St.)
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Cobourg Ontario Street (North of Apr. 26 15:00 - 17:00
King St.)
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Dorchester Shaw Road (North of Apr. 25 11:00 - 13:00
Catherine)
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Emo Florence Street (at Apr. 24 11:30 - 12:30
Highway 11)
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Fort Frances McIrvine Road (and Fifth Apr. 25 11:30 - 12:30
Street West)
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Gogama Highway 144 (near old Apr. 27 12:00 - 13:00
Gogama Rd.)
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Grafton Station Road (South of Apr. 25 08:00 - 10:00
County Rd. 2)
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Grimsby Roberts Road (South of Apr. 26 17:00 - 18:00
South Service)
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Hamilton Ottawa Street (North of Apr. 24 08:00 - 10:00
Barton St.)
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Hamilton Woodward Avenue (North Apr. 24 11:00 - 13:00
of Barton St.)
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Ingersoll Pemberton Street (North of Apr. 27 11:00 - 13:00
Ingersoll Rd.)
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London Hale Street (South of Apr. 23 08:00 - 10:00
Trafalgar St.)
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London Rectory Street (South of Apr. 23 13:00 - 15:00
York St.)
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Mississauga Clarkson Road (North of Apr. 22 08:00 - 10:00
Lakeshore Rd.)
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Mississauga Lorne Park Road (North of Apr. 23 16:00 - 18:00
Queen St. West)
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Mississauga Alexandra Avenue (South Apr. 24 16:00 - 18:00
of 4th St.)
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Newtonville East Townline Road (North Apr. 27 08:00 - 10:00
of Lakeshore Rd.)
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Oakville Chartwell Road (North of Apr. 26 16:00 - 18:00
Lakeshore Rd.)
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Oakville 4th Line Road (North of Apr. 27 16:00 - 18:00
Speers Rd.)
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Oshawa Wilson Road (South of Apr. 24 08:00 - 10:00
Bloor St.)
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Oshawa Wentworth Street (West of Apr. 25 08:00 - 10:00
Stevenson Rd.)
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Paris Market Street (South of Apr. 25 08:00 - 10:00
Silver St.)
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Richmond Hill Palmer Avenue (East of Apr. 22 14:00 - 16:00
Cedar Ave.)
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Richmond Hill Green Lane (East of Main) Apr. 25 14:00 - 16:00
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Richmond Hill Centre Street (West of Apr. 27 08:00 - 10:00
Newkirk Rd.)
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Sarnia Blackwell Side Road (South Apr. 24 09:00 - 11:00
of Confederation)
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Sarnia Blackwell Side Road (South Apr. 25 08:00 - 10:00
of Confederation)
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Sarnia Blackwell Side Road (South Apr. 26 08:00 - 10:00
of Confederation)
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Sault Ste. Marie Upper People's Road (near Apr. 26 11:00 - 13:00
4th Line)
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Sault Ste. Marie 4th Line (near Brule Road) Apr. 26 13:00 - 15:00
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Sudbury Maley Drive (near National Apr. 23 12:00 - 13:00
St.)
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Windsor Lauzon Road (North of Apr. 25 10:00 - 12:00
Tecumseh Rd.)
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MANITOBA
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Portage La Prairie 8th Street N.W. (West of Apr. 24 12:00 - 14:00
the old station)
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Winnipeg Bournais Avenue (near Apr. 26 08:30 - 09:30
Bernie Wolfe School)
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Winnipeg Ravenhurst Street (at Apr. 27 08:30 - 09:30
Dugald Road)
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SASKATCHEWAN
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Regina CN Crossing (at overpass Apr. 25 08:00 - 12:00
at Winnipeg St. South)
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Regina CN Crossing (at 9th Ave. Apr. 25 13:30 - 17:00
North)
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Regina CN Crossing (at McDonald Apr. 26 08:00 - 12:00
St. & Hwy 46)
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Regina CN Yard (at 1st Ave. North) Apr. 26 13:30 - 17:00
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ALBERTA
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Edmonton 76th Avenue (and 25th St.) Apr. 25 08:00 - 09:00
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Edmonton 17th Street (and 30th Ave.) Apr. 26 09:00 - 10:00
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Edson Edson Willmore Road Apr. 24 09:15 - 10:00
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Hinton Hinton Switzer Drive Apr. 24 08:00 - 09:00
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Parkland Spring Lake Road Apr. 27 10:00 - 12:00
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Parkland Duffield Road Apr. 27 12:00 - 13:00
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Ryley Main Street Crossing Apr. 26 14:00 - 15:00
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Slave Lake Main Street Crossing Apr. 24 10:00 - 12:00
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Strathcona Boundary Road (and Apr. 24 15:00 - 16:00
Highway 16 North)
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Strathcona Clover Bar Road (and Apr. 25 16:00 - 17:00
Highway 16 North)
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Tofield Main Street Crossing Apr. 26 16:00 - 17:00
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Westlock Westlock Highway 18 Apr. 24 13:30 - 15:00
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BRITISH COLUMBIA
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Barriere Hall Road Crossing Apr. 27 10:00 - 11:00
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Barriere Hall Road Crossing Apr. 27 14:00 - 15:00
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Clearwater Clearwater Station Road Apr. 26 10:00 - 11:00
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Clearwater Clearwater Station Road Apr. 26 14:00 - 15:00
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Kamloops Singh Street (Parkcrest Apr. 23 08:00 - 09:00
Ave. intersection)
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Kamloops Ord Road (Tranquille Apr. 23 15:00 - 16:00
Crossing)
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Prince George Boundary Road (at Apr. 26 10:00 - 12:00
Industrial Way)
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Rayleigh Puett Ranch Road Crossing Apr. 24 08:00 - 09:00
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Rayleigh Mattock-McKeague Road Apr. 24 15:00 - 16:00
Crossing
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Richmond No. 5 Road (North & South) Apr. 26 10:00 - 12:00
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Terrace Kenny Street (at Highway Apr. 26 10:00 - 12:00
16)
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Valemont Valemont Crossing Apr. 25 15:00 - 16:00
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Vancouver Raymur Street (at Cordova Apr. 26 10:00 - 12:00
St. Crossing)
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North Vancouver Penberton Avenue (First Apr. 27 10:00 - 12:00
Ave.)
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