KIlgore, TX: Freight train straddles crossing for 34 hours

26 May

A Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) train running on the Union Pacific right-of-way straddled the automatic half-barrier level crossing on West Lantrip Street in Kilgore for 34 hours. In a stand-off neither BNSF or UP would accept responsibility for the incident that began before 08.00 am on May 16th and concluded when the train was moved at about 17.40 on May 17th. Worse still, Neither BNSF or UP spokespersons were prepared to speak about the incident or the reasons for it taking so long to move the train. Despite the official silence, it is known that the incident was initiated by the BNSF train crew leaving the train straddling the crossing when they reached 12-hours on duty and concluded when BNSF deployed a replacement crew to move the train.

Texas law provides a penalty of between USD100-300 when a level crossing is blocked for more than 10 minutes.

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