Selma Councilwoman Ann Williams presented an Aug. 2 SmartPhone video of harrowing activities at the Ricks Road railroad track.
“I was freaked out,” said Williams. “I was coming from the pottery crossing U.S. 70, headed toward Ricks Road when the train stopped.”
In the video, two youth are seen tossing book bags under the train and crawling under one of the cars to cross the track.
CSX Railroad spokesperson Christopher Smith said, “CSX works to limit impacts on the communities we serve and that we understand stopped trains can be an inconvenience for our neighbors. CSX operates trains 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and there are times when mechanical and operational issues could result in blocked crossings. CSX works to minimize blocked crossings to the best of our ability by operating trains at the posted speed limit and anticipating train traffic. To report a blocked crossing or a crossing malfunction, please call CSX toll free at 1-800-232-0144 and we will respond as soon as possible.
“In the event a stopped train is encountered, CSX urges pedestrians and motorists to use caution and observe all signs and signals designed to promote public safety. Trespassing on rail equipment or railroad property is illegal and extremely dangerous. In 2016, the most recent year for which statistics are available, according to the Federal Railroad Administration, 1,080 people were injured or killed while trespassing on railroad tracks,” said Smith
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