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Tractor-Trailer Stuck on CSX Track Again

Train traffic was stopped in time to prevent an accident, unlike last week when a tractor-trailer was struck by a train at the same crossing.

A tractor-trailer got stuck on the CSX track at Cherokee and Main Street in downtown Kennesaw today, exactly a week since a

Police were dispatched to the crossing shortly before 12 p.m., said Officer Scott Luther of the  Luther said there were no oncoming trains at the time the call was made and that all train traffic was stopped. He said the tractor-trailer is currently being moved, and the intersection should reopen shortly. 

Last Friday, a tractor-trailer . In a similar incident in December 2009, a tractor-trailer carrying supplies for Papa John's was hit at the crossing.

Police said incidents of trucks getting stuck on the tracks have occurred on several occasions. Signage in the area prohibits tractor-trailers from crossing the tracks.

Lana Schommer December 16, 2011 at 06:33 PM
It just amazes me how often this happens. The signs are very clear and obvious. I see them as I cross this section of track and others, all the time. Not too mention, one would think that truck drivers have a great deal of training and knowledge of all traffic signs for different traffic conditions.
ineedpeace December 16, 2011 at 08:46 PM
Maybe we need BIGGER signs! Maybe they think THEY won't get stuck! Or once they are there figure they have no where to go but over the tracks! Maybe CSX or someone should think about doing something different with the tracks? Or people should just learn to read street signs! Amazing!
Joe Bozeman December 17, 2011 at 10:21 AM
We wore this story out last week. In my opinion there are only two short term solutions. 1- Close the crossing immediately. 2- Put a Kennesaw Police officer at the crossing 24 hours a day to monitor the area and stop any tractor trailer trucks. Neither solution is practical , but it would stop this nonsense .
Cyndi Donahue December 17, 2011 at 01:54 PM
Perhaps red flashing signs a quarter mile down the road warning them would help. Then the truckers may have the space or other option to turn around. Also a detour sign in the same area instructing them to the proper route around the tracks and if they don't obey, clearly post the fine imposed if they get caught or stuck. All of these are easy fixes and probably inexpensive compared to the man hours lost by the police.
Mrs Lyon December 17, 2011 at 05:45 PM
Perhaps Drivers could simply PAY ATTENTION! If push comes to shove on the museum side for those who don't pay attention and those who ignore the signage, they can turn around in the Depot parking lot.
JACQUE December 17, 2011 at 06:00 PM
From I-75 to the crossing there are several signs showing truck alternate routes long before the trucks get to the crossing and they are ignored. The fines are also clearly posted ($2,000.00) and ignored. Many drivers have reported to police that they were following their GPS and ignored all the signs. Sometimes you can't fix stupid so as Bill Engvall would say "Here's your sign!"
Joe Bozeman December 17, 2011 at 08:58 PM
No one seems mention the safety of the train crews. If a tanker truck got hung on the crossing and hit by a locomotive it would be a total disaster. Also, if a southbound train hits a trailer there it could wipe out the depot and the Trackside Grill. I am at the depot and museum quite a bit, you would be surprised how many trucks ignor the signs and get across the tracks.
Joe Bozeman December 31, 2011 at 07:47 PM
I just posted two photos of the Kennesaw crossing before there were any paved roads in Kennesaw. From these you will understand that this crossing was never intended for use of tractor trailer trucks. I am not sure when one of these photos was made, but the one showing the water tower was made around 1908
Joe Bozeman January 13, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Another truck got hung ont the Kennesaw crossing today. Driver said he was watching his GPS.
Gaetana Pipia January 14, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Yikes, another one? Thanks for the information, Joe. It's scary to think how many of these drivers are not paying attention to the road.
Joe Bozeman January 14, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Yep, you can't cure stupid

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