Defective railcar valve caused railroad crossing malfunction in Gulfport

Mechanical issue solved at railroad crossing in Gulfport

GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) - The crossing issue in Gulfport was resolved on Monday, and now CSX highlighted what caused the malfunction.

According to CSX, “A defective railcar valve released a non-hazardous residential grade fertilizer solution in Waveland, MS which affected the track circuitry causing the signals at crossings located at 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25thand 30th Avenues in Gulfport to malfunction.”

Earlier Monday, four railroad crossing arms in downtown Gulfport were malfunctioning and were stuck in an upward position. Gulfport police took action to ensure public safety.

Road closed signs were placed at crossings at 22nd and 24th Avenues, forcing motorists to take an alternate route. Crossings at 23rd and 25th avenues (Highway 49) were manned by Gulfport police and CSX workers.

When a train came, officers moved their police cars in front of the crossing to block it until the train passed.

A mechanical problem prevented the arms from closing. Although CSX expected the arms to be repaired in 2 or 3 days, it was fixed in hours.

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