Train puts brakes on drivers in Lincoln County

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – Highway 698 in Geneva gets its fair share of traffic.

But, things can come to a screeching halt at any time at one particular railroad crossing in town.

Drivers say about once a week a Norfolk Southern train will stop in the middle of the intersection.

The wait can be very long.

"Whenever you have a call that you're getting to it because a serious issue 10 minutes 20 minutes that call could be a difference between life and death," said Curt Folger, the Lincoln County Sheriff.

The alternative is a 25-minute detour through neighboring Casey County.

Lincoln County Judge Executive, Jim Adams, is hearing complaints and has brought them to the attention of the rail company.

He's even considering taking them to court.

"It would be a sizeable fine and raise some eyebrows," said Adams.

State law says any disruption of traffic for more than five minutes can be punishable by a $100 fine.

The State Attorney General's Office has been notified.

Norfolk Southern issued a statement saying they've advised train conductors not to stop at the crossing whenever possible.

But, they say, exceptions are still possible.

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