Stopped train snarls Galion traffic


By Kimberly Gasuras - [email protected]



A CSX train blocked the railroad crossing on Harding Way East for about two hours Friday morning. (Kim Gasuras | Galion Inquirer)


A train stopped on the north-south tracks on Harding Way East Friday morning caused havoc for motorists and semi-truck drivers for nearly two hours Friday morning.

According to the Galion Police Department, officials from CSX Railways said the train was loading cars and it would take about an hour, although traffic was stopped and the train was at a standstill for at least two hours.

Rick Holt, a truck driver for St. Cloud, Minn.-based ATS, just needed to cross over the tracks on Harding Way East to turn onto South Street to make his morning appointment to deliver metal castings for Covert Manufacturing Inc. But the driver found himself waiting an about hour when traffic was blocked because of an idle train, which was loading cars, on the railroad.

The driver added that he needed to be in Springfield by 2 p.m.

But for that hour, Holt found himself listening to the radio, waiting.

The CSX railroad was cited last week for obstruction of a public roadway and according to police, will be cited for this latest incident also. According to court records, CSX has been cited 29 times since 1999 through Crawford County Municipal Court with fines ranging from $500 to $4,500.

Calls to CSX were not returned by deadline.

Brandon Klein contributed to this report.

A CSX train blocked the railroad crossing on Harding Way East for about two hours Friday morning. (Kim Gasuras | Galion Inquirer)
http://galioninquirer.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_Train20164822510785.jpgA CSX train blocked the railroad crossing on Harding Way East for about two hours Friday morning. (Kim Gasuras | Galion Inquirer)

By Kimberly Gasuras

[email protected]

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