Police urging drivers to report stopped trains to federal government

In September, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled police can no longer fine railroad companies for blocking crossings more than 10 minutes.

Posted: Oct. 10, 2018 10:32 PM
Updated: Oct. 10, 2018 10:44 PM

BUTLER, Ind. (WFFT) - The Butler Police Department and several other law enforcement agencies in northeast Indiana are urging drivers to report stopped trains to the federal Surface Transportation Board.

In September, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled police can no longer fine railroad companies for blocking crossings more than 10 minutes.

The court said the 1865 Blocked Crossing Statute was pre-empted by the 1995 Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act. The act prohibits states from enacting a law or rule that manages or governs rail transportation.

To report stopped trains, visit the STB website.

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