Train Blocks Cantonment Crossing For 15 Hours

August 17, 2019

A portion of an Alabama & Gulf Coast Railway train has blocked a Cantonment intersection for 15 hours.

The railcars blocked Highway 97 just south of Muscogee Road since at least 6:30 p.m. Friday. The train split, with other intersections in the area left open.

Escambia County Commissioner Steven Barry reached out to AGR and was told the train should be moved by 9:30-10 a.m. No reason why the crossing was blocked for the night was provided.

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14 Responses to “Train Blocks Cantonment Crossing For 15 Hours”

  1. Calvin qualls on August 20th, 2019 6:21 am

    Patricia that what the big issue here is crawling thru those trains i lost a cousin last month that decided to crawl through those box cars and when she got underneath it pulled off and killed her my fear is someone’s kid’s will do the same thing and that would be another horrible situation

  2. John on August 17th, 2019 10:27 pm

    Maybe we can have some sand piles put in around these crossings, and get over them there trains like the Duke Boys…YEEHAW!!!!! I’m having too much fun!!!! Also: Mick and Big Steve sounds like y’all have this thing figured out too!

  3. John on August 17th, 2019 10:05 pm

    Before you homestead some property you had better know what’s around you!

  4. John on August 17th, 2019 10:03 pm

    I called the federal railroad administration about the constant blockage of Airport Blvd. about two years ago. He told me he has worked with the FRA for twenty years and has NEVER had one complaint about that crossing. Then proceeded to tell me what was wrong with taking Brent lane, and that that the railroad was there before many of those crossings. Shortly thereafter i knew the conversation was over.

  5. J.Larry Seale on August 17th, 2019 9:13 pm

    I don;t know what the big deal is………….
    CSX block airport Blvd for more than
    eight (8) hours….did see the Escambia County Commissioner
    say anything about that !!!!!!!!!!

  6. JM on August 17th, 2019 5:54 pm

    Is ANYONE BEING HELD ACCOUNTABLE for this? Probably not.

  7. Jennifer on August 17th, 2019 4:43 pm

    Crawled through not drove through.

  8. Jennifer on August 17th, 2019 4:42 pm

    Patricia the lady was at fault for driving through a stopped train. That was her own doing.

  9. mick on August 17th, 2019 4:33 pm

    It is all frustrating when one of these trains break down – the fact is though is this freight moving method is critical to infrastructure. It is like Big Steve commented, the breakdowns/delays are not going to change a thing in regards to train operations. Machinery fails, locomotive engines included.

    Neighborhoods/towns/industry are built around railroad tracks – just keep venting your frustrations folks, there is only so much the industry can do to all of the issues mentioned in these comments. The trains will keep rolling (hopefully) and get on down the tracks…

  10. Mary on August 17th, 2019 2:46 pm

    Ridiculous! Someone needs to get time-off without pay.

  11. Big Steve on August 17th, 2019 2:20 pm

    This country was built on the backs and money of the railroads. They won’t change anything.

  12. Jim on August 17th, 2019 1:58 pm

    I thought they had resolved the issue of these trains blocking our streets for extended periods of time. So much for that agreement. Looks like the commissioner needs to go back and try again. The railroad has always been a 4000 lb. gorilla that goes where it wants and does what it wants regardless of who gets hurt in the process. Glad there were no fires or emergency medical needs last night. Be interesting to hear the Railroads excuse.

  13. Charity Paeazine-Moncada on August 17th, 2019 12:10 pm

    This is not right!!! They do this at crossings that have no other outlet, like my parents road, Beck’s Lake Rd. In Cantonment. This is dangerous for emergencies!!!

  14. Patricia on August 17th, 2019 11:47 am

    Someone needs to help this community. This is unacceptable. A lady just recently was killed when she tried to crawl through a stopped train in Cantonment. The county commissioner needs to take this on as one of his main agendas. Every property owner has the right of egress and ingress to their property. A real estate attorney and the community should file a class action lawsuit as this seems to be the only way to remedy this ongoing problem. This is hurting their property values and their right as property owners to enjoy their property not to mention how very dangerous.

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