Norfolk Southern Fined

The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department is issuing citations to the Norfolk Southern after complaints of trains stopped, blocking traffic at crossings. This, after a Norfolk-Southern train was stopped at the crossing at US 33 and Sunnyside for nearly four hours because the “train crew ran out of time.” It's not the first time it's happened. Indiana law states railroad corporations cannot allow trains to block travel at crossings for more than 10 minutes without risk of fines up to $500. Sheriff Brad Rogers says the blockages are turning residents into prisoners… and are a safety risk as they block police, fire and ambulances from getting where they need to go. So far, they've issued 18 citations to Norfolk Southern and have tried to communicate with the railroad to resolve issue but haven't had much progress.