Stalled Train Blocks Traffic For 6 Hours

DETROIT (WWJ) – Exasperated motorists were relieved Thursday morning when a freight train that had been blocking two crossings, north of I-94 on Detroit’s east side, finally moved after more than 6 hours.

Traffic was stalled completely at the crossings at Van Dyke Ave. Erwin Street since around 4 a.m.

WWJ Newsradio 950’s Ron Dewey reported that the 25-cars were stuck on the tracks following an engine malfunction. The engine was quickly hauled away, but it took longer than anticipated for another engine to arrive to move the cars.

Dewey spoke with a local business owner who had been waiting since 8 a.m. “My stores’ there behind the traffic!” he said.

At around 10 a.m. the railway crossing was cleared and traffic began moving again.

There was no immediate word on what might have caused the engine failure.

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