A Caledonia Police officer cited Union Pacific Railroad five times for blocking traffic at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday.
The officer was on patrol at Four Mile Road and Nicholson Road when he noticed the train was idling on the track. He called Union Pacific and the conductor told the officer the train had mechanical problems.
However, the tickets were issued anyway because the roadway had been shutdown for an hour and 15 minutes. Each ticket carries a price tag of $447.90 a piece.
Sgt. Gary Larsen, of the Caledonia Police Department said they used to have problems with the train blocking traffic years ago, but they hadn’t any trouble for a while.
“It used to be a huge problem before we built the overpass on six mile road,” Larsen said. “But that was primarily the coal trains.”
These trains on the Union Pacific track weren’t coal trains.