Family says stopped train kept EMS from getting to sick mother in Pulaski Co.

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PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Frustration is growing among people living in a southern Kentucky neighborhood due to an ongoing issue with trains blocking roadways.

A family says they were stranded for more than four hours over the weekend when a train blocked Richardson Lane in southern Pulaski County near Burnside. People who live on Richardson Lane say they have dealt with trains stopping for them for years. However, one resident says the blockage led to a dangerous situation for her family.

Ashley Terry says she and her family were coming back from a camping trip on Sunday when they encountered a train stopped on the tracks. On the other side of the tracks, Terry says her mother sat in her car and ended up suffering health problems.

"They ended up calling 911 over for my mom. Because she started to have heat exhaustion," Terry said.

When EMS responded, they had trouble getting to the woman. Cell phone video provided to WKYT shows an ambulance stopped in traffic unable to get to the woman.

Terry says the train stayed in place for more than five hours.

"They told us several different things. When we first called they said it was a shift change; 10 minutes later, it was engine problems."

Norfolk Southern owns the tracks. Police have cited the railroad company over this issue. A judge is scheduled to hear more on the case on Wednesday. Residents say they plan to have numerous people there demonstrating outside the courthouse during that hearing.

A spokesperson for Norfolk Southern has told WKYT prior that the trains are required to stop along their routes to change out shifts per a federal mandate.



 

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