Broken down train

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Posted 2/22/22

MENDOTA – Cars and trucks were forced to find alternate routes of travel for nearly 12 hours in Mendota after a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train broke down and blocked the crossings on Feb. 18.

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Broken down train

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MENDOTA – Cars and trucks were forced to find alternate routes of travel for nearly 12 hours in Mendota after a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train broke down and blocked the crossings on Feb. 18.

According to Ben Wilemon, external corporate communications manager for BNSF Railway, the train had a mechanical issue with air pressure due to the extreme cold at about 1 a.m. As a result, the train was unable to move and blocked all crossings in Mendota. The issue was corrected shortly before noon at which time the train began moving and finally cleared the crossings after nearly 12 hours.

Motorists in Mendota were forced to find an alternate route to get around the blocked crossings, which was the Fourth Avenue viaduct. During the morning school rush, eastbound traffic on 12th Street was backed up all the way to Casey’s at the corner of Main and Meriden streets.