They were railroaded

15 Jun

Showing that even the railroad isn't immune to the writing hand of the law, a Deputy in Illinois gave Burlington Northern Santa Fe a .$5,000 parking ticket.

A Kane County deputy wrote to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad for "parking" one of its trains for more than an hour on the Rhodes Street crossing in the downtown of this western Kane County community.

The deputy noticed the train stopped at the crossing at 7:44 a.m. Friday. What he actually noticed first was the traffic back-up the stopped train was causing. Rhodes Street is the only north-south street that goes through the village, and traffic was backed up along the street, and then onto Route 30, the main east-west thoroughfare in town.

Not only were both main streets blocked, but with the train on Rhodes for that long, it cut off emergency vehicles housed on the south side of the tracks from getting to the north side.

Doh!

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