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CN Police mark Rail Safety Week 2011 with public appeal to help reduce rising number of trespassing incidents and fatalities

May 2, 2011

HOMEWOOD, IL, May 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ – With trespassing incidents
and fatalities on the rise in the United States, CN (TSX:CNR)(NYSE:CNI) is
marking Rail Safety Week from May 2 to May 8, 2011, with a public awareness
campaign that stresses the deadly risks of trespassing on railroad tracks and
property. CN Police are issuing a call to action with their SEE IT? REPORT IT!
You Could Save a Life initiative, urging members of the public to call CN
Police at 1- 800-465-9239 when they witness unsafe behavior on railroad
property.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110502/MO899)

“Disobeying railroad crossing signals or trespassing on railroad property
is dangerous and illegal. We don’t tolerate people who put their lives – and
the lives of others – at risk. We are getting tougher about enforcing the law,
and are engaging the public in helping CN Police fight unsafe activity,” said
CN Police Chief Bobby Walker. “Help us by reporting dangerous behavior you
see; you could save a life. At CN, when it comes to safety, there is no
compromise.”

CN Police will be out in full force during Rail Safety Week, conducting
safety blitzes at commuter stations, CN intermodal terminals and railroad
crossings in the United States and Canada. This year, CN is increasing its
focus on commuter stations, to target a larger audience of rail users, many of
whom are parents who will be urged to pass on safety information to their
children.

In 2010, there were 2,837 grade crossing and railroad trespassing
accidents across the United States, causing 712 fatalities and 1,192 serious
injuries, according to the Federal Railroad Administration. A number of
disturbing trends were seen in the 2010 statistics:

    - Accidents, fatalities and serious injuries in 2010 increased by
      5.7 percent, seven percent and 10 percent, respectively, over 2009
      statistics.
    - Trespassing remains the leading cause of rail-related fatalities in the
      United States. Last year, the number of trespassing-related fatalities
      increased by eight percent, totalling 451.
    - Serious injuries resulting from trespassing increased in 2010 by
      11 percent, to 382.
    - In 2010, there were 833 trespassing-related accidents, an increase of
      9.6 percent from 2009.

Faced with the growing seriousness of the trespassing issue, CN Police are
undertaking a targeted, year-round endeavor focused on reducing trespassing
incidents, fatalities and injuries. Recognizing that youth become more
vulnerable to risk-taking behavior around the ages of 13 and 14, CN Police
will be intensifying outreach to this youth group. In addition, CN Police
across the system will work to identify the highest risk areas for trespassing
in their territory and develop targeted strategies to reduce incidents.

“The consequences of trespassing can be tragic and CN Police are very
concerned to see that dangerous behavior on railroad property is on the rise,”
said Walker. “Through a combination of education and targeted enforcement,
including the issuing of more tickets, we will work to change attitudes and
behavior.”

CN has been promoting railroad safety for more than 25 years through its
All Aboard for Safety community education program. Every year, CN Police
officers make hundreds of All Aboard for Safety presentations and talk to more
than 300,000 children and adults at schools and community events in the United
States
and Canada about the importance of safety and the dangers of walking or
playing on or near railroad tracks. Part of the strength of this program is
the collaborative relationship with major community safety partners Operation
Lifesaver and Safe Communities America.

CN (TSX: CNR)(NYSE: CNI) – Canadian National Railway Company and its
operating railway subsidiaries – 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 metropolitan areas of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit,
Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis,
and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more
information on CN, visit the company’s website at www.cn.ca.

    Link to photos:

http://www.newscanada.com/cn-see-it-report-it-images

For more information about the CN safety blitzes in your area, see the
attached list.

                           2011 Safety Blitz Locations

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        City           Street         Activity      Date        Start/Finish
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    ILLINOIS
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    Carbondale     401 South        Commuter        May 2 &     17:00 - 18:00
                   Illinois Street  AMTRAK Station  May 3
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    Carbondale     401 South        Commuter        May 3 &     07:00 - 08:00
                   Illinois Street  Amtrak Station  May 4
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    East Hazel     1904 W. 174th    Commuter        May 2       05:30 - 06:45
    Crest          Street           METRA Station
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    Homewood       18015 Park       Commuter        May 2       17:00 - 18:30
                   Avenue           METRA Station
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    Lockport       13th Street &    Commuter        May 5       17:15 - 19:15
                   State Street     METRA Station
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    Matteson       211th Street &   Commuter        May 3       05:30 - 06:45
                   Olympia Way      METRA Station
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    West Chicago   500 West Main    Commuter        May 4       17:00 - 18:30
                   Street           METRA Station
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        City           Street         Activity      Date        Start/Finish
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    INDIANA
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    Dyer           602 Joliet Road  Little League   May 3       16:30 - 20:30
                                    Field -
                                    Enforcement
                                    Blitz
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    Schererville   1350 Eagle       Tri-Town        May 4       09:15 - 12:15
                   Ridge Road       Safety Village
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    Schererville   1350 Eagle       Tri-Town
                   Ridge Road       Safety Village  May 5       09:15 - 12:15
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        City           Street         Activity      Date       Start/Finish
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    LOUSIANA
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    Hammond        404 N. W.        Commuter        May 2 & 3   13:00 - 14:00
                   Railroad Avenue  AMTRAK Station  May 3 & 4   14:00 - 15:00
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        City            Street         Activity      Date       Start/Finish
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    MICHIGAN
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    Clinton        Railroad         Safety Blitz    May 4       08:00 - 10:00
    Township       crossing near    Safety Blitz    May 7       09:00 - 11:00
                   Weybridge
                   street and
                   South Groesbeck
                   Highway
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    Flat Rock      Railroad         Safety Blitz    May 4       17:30 - 19:00
                   Crossing at      Safety Blitz    May 7       17:30 - 19:30
                   Vreeland & Hall
                   Roads
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    Royal Oak      Railroad         Safety Blitz    May 2       08:00 - 10:00
                   Crossing South   Safety Blitz    May 5       12:00 - 14:00
                   Washington
                   avenue and West
                   4th Street
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        City            Street         Activity      Date       Start/Finish
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    MISSISSIPPI
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    Jackson        300 West         Commuter        May 2 & 3   07:00 - 08:00
                   Capital Street   AMTRAK Station  May 3 & 4   17:00 - 18:00
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        City            Street         Activity      Date       Start/Finish
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    PENNSYLVANIA
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    Greenville     Railroad         Safety Blitz    May 3       08:00 - 10:00
                   Crossing on      Safety Blitz    May 5       08:00 - 10:00
                   Shenango
                   Street, East of
                   Race Street
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          City            Street         Activity      Date     Start/Finish
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    TENNESSEE
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    Memphis        545 South Main   Commuter        May 2 & 3   06:00 - 07:00
                   Street           AMTRAK Station  May 3 & 4   10:00 - 11:00
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          City            Street         Activity      Date     Start/Finish
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    WISCONSIN
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    Oshkosh        Ceape Avenue     Safety Blitz    May 2       12:00 - 13:30
                   and Broad
                   Street
                   Crossing
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    Peshtigo       Hale Road at     Safety Blitz    May 5       12:00 - 13:30
                   CN Crossing
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SOURCE CN


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