Neighbors still frequently blocked from homes due to stalled trains

Posted at 5:27 PM, Sep 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-27 22:35:40-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — For years, residents in one South Nashville neighborhood have been fighting against a safety concern.

The neighborhood off Sadler Avenue is close to the CSX Radnor switching yard, where trains often stop, blocking the way into or out of the dead-end street.

NewChannel 5 has been covering this situation for five years, but after all this time, neighbors say little has been done to address the problem.

Trains continue to stop at the entrance to the neighborhood, trapping residents in and keeping some out often for hours at a time.

Beyond being annoying, neighbors said it's a problem that could turn deadly should someone have an emergency.

CSX released this statement Friday evening:

"CSX strives to minimize the impact of our operations on neighboring communities while we are serving customers. We operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and there are times when mechanical and operational issues could result in blocked crossings. If a stopped train is expected to block a crossing for an extended period of time, CSX notifies local 911 dispatchers or first responders to establish a direct line of communication in the event an emergency vehicle needs access across the tracks. We are keeping an open line of communication with community leaders and first responders. CSX constantly reviews our operations to determine whether potential improvements can be made. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused."

*The above video originally aired in July 2015.