Wednesday, September 30, 2009

London Brought To Stand Still By Broken Down Freight Train

(That’s London, Ohio, not London,England)
Shipping News Feature

LONDON – The City of London, Ohio (pop. 8,771) was bought to a stand-still for two hours on Monday night when all seven of the railroad crossings in the city were blocked by a freight train that had broken down.

According to reports in the Madison Press an air hose on the train snapped, causing the train into an emergency stop as it was passing through downtown London. The train came to halt stretching across the major crossings in the town, from Maple Street in the East side of the city to the High Street in the West.

The incident was rapidly responded to by the London Police Department (LPD) who activated their contingency plans for just such an occurrence. Speaking to the Madison Press London’s Police Chief, Dave Wiseman said:

“We position a cruiser on the north side of the tracks and one on the south side of the tracks so that we would be able to answer a response as quickly as possible,” adding that: “We also contact Norfolk Southern and offer to help them in any way we can.”

Rapid action by the LPD, the train operator Norfolk Southern and the crew meant that by 1.15am the train had resumed its journey to Columbus, OH.

 (pic: total gridlock)