Residents concerned over train blocking neighborhood in Russellville for more than 15 hours

Published: Sep. 14, 2021 at 10:56 PM CDT
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RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - A Russellville neighborhood was cut off for hours on Tuesday.

A train stopped on the tracks and blocked the road to get in and out. Carla Morris said it’s a problem that comes along all too often.

“It’s been happening over forty years,” said Morris.

Years and years of inconvenience. She said they couldn’t get to work and her children even had to climb through it to get to school.

On top of inconvenience, she said she worries about the worst possible outcomes.

“This is our only way in and the only way out is this road and over these tracks. We have my grandmother, she is almost 90 and if something were to happen to her there is no way to get emergency vehicles to her,” said Morris.

Statment from company:

“We never want to inconvenience any member of the community with a blocked crossing. Due to mandatory rest periods, sometimes trains do have to make these unscheduled stops to comply with federal regulations and ensure the safe operation of a train. Our scheduling teams make every effort to minimize these impacts and we always prioritize getting and keeping trains moving safely. Rest assured, we partner with local first responders whenever needed in the event of an emergency.”

Morris said she understands people have to do their jobs but she wants to see more done in order to protect the people in this community.

“This is a hazard. It’s a hazard to us. It’s a hazard for the railroad,” said Morris.

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