Fire chief: railroad tracks are ruining trucks

Fire chief: railroad tracks are ruining trucks
The Segers Volunteer Fire Dept. in Limestone Co. claims the crossings near Old Hwy. 20 & Greenbiar Rd. are causing tanks to leak and pipes to fail. (Source: WAFF)
(Source: WAFF)
(Source: WAFF)

LIMESTONE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Imagine you call the fire department during an emergency, but they can't make it there to help you all because of railroad tracks.

The Segers Volunteer Fire Department in Limestone County claims the crossings near Old Highway 20 and Greenbrier Road are causing tanks to leak and pipes to fail.

Chief Dustin Tucker with the Segers Volunteer Fire Department says the railroad tracks are ruining their trucks, and pockets just are deep enough to keep up with repairs.

"A tank busted on it the first time over the railroad tracks. It dumped every bit of 500 gallons of water out of that truck as soon as it did it," Tucker said.

Over the past five years, they have dished out thousands of dollars in repairs.

"We get money from tobacco taxes and things like that, but we just can't afford to have somebody else do stuff so we have to learn it on our own and do it," Tucker added.

Tucker calls this issue life or death.

Norfolk Southern mans the tracks. Tucker says the department has contacted the company several times over the past few years but has gotten no action. He says they tell him they can't do anything about it.

His priority is your safety. With that jeopardized because of railroad tracks, he says he's just making very simple demands.

"All of the damage that we've had and paid for, I don't want any of that money back. I just want the railroad fixed so this doesn't happen again," Tucker added.

We contacted Norfolk Southern but have not heard back from them.

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