Rita Sue Seaborn of Liberty, SC took to social media last week when a train stopped for hours in front of her driveway, preventing her from leaving her for over 12 hours. She called Norfolk Southern Railroad and the police, and was told there was nothing they could do to move the train.
The Federal Railroad Administration confirmed that Norfolk Southern owns the land the tracks sit on, including the crossings. So if they want to block a crossing for days, they can. Fortunately when the trains stop, the railroad doesn’t make any money, so it doesn’t happen very often.