Putting up with short delays for trains at the busy CSX rail crossing at Peru Center Road (north of New Haven, just north of Ohio 103) is a common occurrence, and is tolerable, but delays of 25 to 30 minutes pose safety risks, are unacceptable and are illegal.
I was trapped on Saturday, March 3 on the southbound side of this crossing from 4:10 to almost 4:40 p.m. by a pedestrian-speed westbound freight train that stopped with its last two freight cars blocking the road. When it finally moved, the long coal train headed east kept the crossing closed for additional minutes.
Having been trained as an EMT, I know that these lengthy delays pose life-threatening risks for squads responding to health and accident crises. Similar threats to life and property result when fire, sheriff, and state Patrol personnel cannot reach emergency scenes when trains create intolerable blockages of this type. (In fact, one state Patrol vehicle made a U-turn behind the long line of vehicles where I was hemmed in on Saturday.
This problem should be corrected, and the railroad should be prosecuted for its negligence.
Fredrick J. Falls