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Pulaski, McCreary County officials sued over citation to block railroad crossings

The American Association of Railroads has filed a lawsuit against sheriffs and attorneys in Pulaski and McCreary County because of anti-blocking statutes it claims "unconstitutionally burdens interstate commerce."

PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. - The American Association of Railroads has filed a lawsuit against sheriffs and attorneys in Pulaski and McCreary County because of anti-blocking statutes it claims "unconstitutionally burdens interstate commerce."

Pulaski County residents are angry about trains stopping on crossings near their homes, which keep them from getting out or coming home. Police have issued citations but the association is beginning to fight back.

Mike Hill lives near the Richardson Lane crossing and claims that he has had to wait a couple of hours on separate occasions. He explains that police have responded and issued citations to Norfolk Southern and a judge ordered a fine. The AAR is now challenging the constitutionality of these actions.

A lawsuit in Indiana deals with similar circumstances. It asks a federal judge to prohibit local police from issuing citations to railroads whose trains block crossings for longer than five minutes.

“It’s not going to get any better until they get these crossings fixed so people can get out," Hill said. “I see our county officials down here fighting this issue all the way to the Supreme Court. This is a situation that needs to be gotten under control.”

Norfolk Southern has not responded to our request for a comment.

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