For three hours this past Sunday, Oct. 25 Madison County residents, including members of Madison Country Club and residents of Country Club Estates subdivision, were blocked from entering the Country Club and their homes in the subdivision. The line of traffic was backed up almost as far as The Arbors on Captain Brown Road. One resident called the "TELL CSX" number listed at the crossing and was told they were "changing crews" and that the "trains would be moved after the crew arrived."
While some residents chose to wait the three-hour duration for the train to move, others chose to climb over the train, which was and may continue to be a huge safety issue for residents. This problem is not new to CSX. Dade City leaders reported the same problem just last year, stating CSX has a dispatch problem. And, unfortunately, for Madison County residents, this problem is not new to them either. On July 2 of this year, an 8,200-foot long CSX train blocked CCE subdivision for over two and a half hours, preventing access to their homes and to emergency vehicles.
According to one of the CSX workers operating that train, CSX trains have doubled their length from one mile to two miles long. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is aware of several situations where these two crossings have been blocked for extended periods of time and have said that they will continue working diligently to resolve this issue so the lives of residents are not put in jeopardy and inconvenienced again.
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1.Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By Emerald Greene Parsons, October 25, 2015. A CSX train blocked Madison County residents, including members of Madison Country Club and residents of Country Club Estates subdivision, from entering the Country Club and their homes in the subdivision for three hours on Sunday, Oct. 25.