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Salem had no warning all crossings closed at once

May 23, 2014

By LARRY SHIELDS Staff Writer SALEM — Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst said the city was not advised by Norfolk Southern Railroad that all the crossings in the city would be closed simultaneously o......

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May-24-14 9:06 AM

Is this a joke? Norfolk created a safety hazard and Kenst didn't know what to do about it? Seriously? Then whines about it after fact? OMG

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May-23-14 9:11 AM

It was a nightmare. Coming off SE Blvd. at Lincoln, there was no 'closed road' signage. Cars were headed toward the tracks and then turning around. I made my way over to Depot Road only to find it closed too. When I got to Newgarden and it was also closed, I parked my car and questioned two railroad employees who were sitting in a truck blocking the road. They replied the closings were published in the paper a week ago--that all crossings would be closed and to take alternate route. (Hmm,I don't remember reading that. Does anyone?) To compound the problem, the 3:30-4:00 traffic was building up. I reached the overpass. Traffic was backed up both directions as far as you could see.

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May-23-14 5:12 AM

Duh ! Gee Whiz Andy.

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