Broken-down train causes several Hamilton railroad crossings to be blocked

A CSX freight train had a broken wheel while in transit, forcing it to stop. It blocked several intersections in Hamilton as a result on Wed., July 6, 2022. Crews separated cars near Hanover Street to unblock that intersection. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

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A CSX freight train had a broken wheel while in transit, forcing it to stop. It blocked several intersections in Hamilton as a result on Wed., July 6, 2022. Crews separated cars near Hanover Street to unblock that intersection. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

UPDATE @ 4:34 p.m.:

Hanover Street is no longer blocked by a stopped train.

CSX crews separated the train cars at Hanover Street allowing traffic to cross at Hanover Street. The southbound freight train has moved that part on from the area, according to a reporter on the scene.

The other railroad crossings ― South Front Street, South 2nd Street, South 3rd Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and Walnut Street ― remain blocked.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Hamilton police report a southbound CSX freight train sometime after 1 p.m. today experienced a broken wheel while in transit and is now blocking several intersections in the downtown.

The blocked crossings, which encompass about a mile on the southside of the Central Business District, are on South Front Street, South 2nd Street, South 3rd Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Walnut Street, and Hanover Street.

Hamilton police say it’s unknown how long the crossings will be closed, and there are no hazards to the community.

Motorists can use Neilan Boulevard to the west and East Avenue to the east in order to navigate around the blocked crossings.