Tulsa railroad company says Pokemon Go! is putting players at risk

TULSA, Okla. — Quick facts:

  • BNSF officials say Pokemon Go! is putting people at risk.
  • They said the game developers put an important stop in their rail yard.
  • They worry someone could be hit by a train there.

The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF) is issuing a warning to Pokémon Go! players in the Tulsa area.

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BNSF Regional Spokesman Joe Sloan tells FOX23 the company is having problems with people walking into their west Tulsa railyard facility to collect Pokeballs and other items.

The creators of the Pokémon app, Niantic, put what is called a Pokestop in the middle of the BNSF’s railyard near the Holly-Frontier oil refinery.

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A Pokestop is where players can pick up virtual Pokeballs, potions, revives, and Razz Berrys to help them catch and keep Pokémon healthy.

BNSF’s railyard stop on the game is unique because it is not near a road where someone can access the stop safely from their car, but instead, players would have to walk towards the tracks to access the Pokestop.

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Sloan tells FOX23 the craze seems to have popped up overnight, but BNSF is concerned that it’s only a matter of time before someone wanders in front of a train for Pokémon or supplies.

BNSF says it has stepped up security in the west Tulsa rail yard after finding out about their location being featured in the game, and they will issue trespassing notices and ask someone to leave if they are found playing the game on their tracks.

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There is no word yet, FOX23 is told, on whether or not BNSF will seek to have the location removed from the game, and it’s not clear how that process would take place even if the company wanted to no longer be listed.


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