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Weather issues likely caused railroad crossing malfunction in Yorkville, police say

Issue caused delays in morning rush hour

Shaw Media file photo
Shaw Media file photo

YORKVILLE – A railroad crossing malfunction Wednesday morning in Yorkville sparked delays for motorists and was likely caused by inclement weather.

The crossing arms at the intersection of Route 47 and Hydraulic Avenue in Yorkville became stuck around 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, Yorkville Police Deputy Chief Terry Klingel said.

The arms were locked down for roughly 20 minutes before Bristol Kendall firefighters were able to pry them up temporarily, Klingel said. Yorkville police directed traffic until the railroad company was able to permanently resolve the issue.

Klingel estimated the intersection was affected for roughly 90 minutes, which caused delays during the morning rush hour.

The recent snow and rain, combined with salt to treat ice, likely affected the machinery's efficacy, Klingel said.

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