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Rossford police giving CSX a ticket over RR crossing traffic problems

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Rossford Police Chief Glenn Goss is issuing a ticket to CSX Railroad.

Chief Goss says he’s fed up with trains blocking traffic at a railroad crossing for hours at a time.

The CSX main line tracks on Glenwood Road see major shipping traffic. Chief Goss says the problem with trains blocking this crossing has really spiked within the past month.

CSX is a major player in Northwest Ohio.

The railroad invested millions to build an intermodal facility in North Baltimore on the southern edge of Wood County which employs nearly 300 people.

In Rossford, which is located on the northern tip of Wood County, drivers are not happy with those magic carpets made of steel.

"There's a train stopped there every day,” says Bridgette Leichty of Rossford who lives near the railroad tracks. I have to detour around the city just to get to the expressway. It's a pain."

27 hours.

That’s how long a train blocked the CSX railroad crossing on Glenwood Road just north of Buck Road last month, according to Chief Goss. Yesterday, he says it was blocked for almost five hours.

"Some planning on the management end could actually prevent a lot of our problems,” says Chief Goss.

Chief Goss says the delays getting trains into the rail yard are not only irritating, especially for school buses in the morning.  He says it’s also a safety issue.

Ambulances and police cars have to detour several miles around the blocked crossing to get to an emergency.

"Sometimes we even have to go into Toledo, get on I-75 go south to Buck Road and cut back again,” says Chief Goss.

Though the tracks are under federal jurisdiction, Chief Goss is writing a misdemeanor citation to take CSX to Perrysburg Municipal Court for a fine of up to $500.

"A $500 citation? They're going to laugh at it,” says Leichty.

The Police Chief admits a $500 fine is probably no big deal for CSX. However, he says the point of the citation isn't the money. He wants to get their attention to get them to sit down at the table and find a solution.

CSX has not yet returned our call and e-mail for comment.

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