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Blocked train tracks endanger livesPosted Saturday, February 18, 2012, at 2:23 PM
As I write this Saturday afternoon, Bell Buckle first responders are being delayed in reaching a man passed out in his front yard because a CSX train is blocking the tracks.
It's the second similar occurrence within a week. Earlier in the week medical personnel were delayed in reaching a girl whose hand was pinned under her overturned, wrecked car on Fairfield Pike near Bell Buckle. Wartrace first responders were being called out because their access was on (not in the usual meaning of the term) the other side of the tracks.
And a co-worker told me of an incident this week where she saw a car narrowly beat a train across the tracks at Normandy -- the crossing rails were already coming down.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but the only overpass over the CSX tracks in eastern Bedford County I can immediately think of is on Cortner Road.
Sooner or later someone's going to lose their life because of blocked tracks.
Seems to me that in such a critical situation money - and I'm not talking about the county or individual towns - could be found to build another overpass somewhere along the line. I can sure think of much less important projects money's being blown on.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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