NEW LENOX – A CN railroad train has blocked Gougar Road for more than five hours Tuesday morning.
The train stopped in the middle of the Gougar Road crossing near Lincoln-Way West High School about 6:30 a.m., New Lenox police said.
CN spokesman Patrick Waldron said that the train’s crew had reached its prescribed limit of hours for the day and a new crew was on its way to take over.
Switching crews after the limited hours are reached is not unusual, Waldron said, but “this train stopped in this location is not typical.
If 16 more of the long line of hopper cars had continued east, the train would not have blocked the Gougar Road crossing.
Two southbound tractor-trailers were stuck at the crossing for more than an hour.
“About an hour ago they told me they’d have it moving in an hour,” trucker Sid Mooney of Danville said about 11 a.m.
Moody said such unexpected delays are just part of a truck driver’s life.
“You never know about the traffic or anything,” Moody said.
Truck driver Jacob Roper of Wilmington echoed that sentiment.
“You always run into something different that nobody runs into in everyday life,” Roper said.
About 11 a.m., Waldron said a relief crew was on its way and was expected to arrive shortly.
The New Lenox police announced about 1 p.m. that the train had moved on and the crossing was clear.