During the narrow window of rush hour Thursday morning, a two-car train makes a westbound run through the Seeley curve, a railroad track that runs semi-parallel to Adams Avenue in El Centro.
Anxious drivers and rushing schoolchildren scurry across various railroad intersections in hopes of beating tardiness to their respective destinations.
A few daring individuals, mostly schoolchildren, make dangerous runs across the tracks in spite of the massive train approaching mere feet away.
Inside the train Operation Lifesaver coordinator Douglas Farler observes the hurried railroad crossings of the drivers and children.
On this morning, Farler is accompanied by officers from the El Centro Police Department, media and other Union Pacific Railroad staff, everyone packed into a small compartment at the front of the lead train car.
As the train travels farther west along the Seeley Curve, the group spots more children making dashes across the railroad, "playing chicken" with the train and also placing items across the railroad tracks.