Railroad Crossing Keeps Snaring Rigs

By: , Tow Squad News.       Published on:       Subscribe in a reader


Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, string given in /home/agencyha/domains/towsquad.net/wp-content/plugins/facebook-button-plugin/facebook-button-plugin.php on line 294

Means Occasional Calls For Kluttz Towing

 

CHARLOTTE, NC  I  In a small North Carolina town, one particular railroad crossing with a somewhat severe grade has been catching tractor-trailers almost like flypaper.  Every few weeks, despite the warning signs, a driver will get his rig’s landing gear caught on the tracks where the road crests.

In Granite Quarry, a town of roughly two thousand residents, the intersection at North Main Street and West Bank is a regularly used connecter, right off from Highway 52.  It’s not exactly the center of town, but it might as well be.

So when an 18-wheeler becomes lodged on an active set of railroad tracks amdist the heart of local traffic, it causes quite a few headaches in Rowan County.

That was the case on Tuesday afternoon when an Averitt Express truck got entangled, and could not generate the momentum to either clear the tracks, or reverse back off.

When this happens, the first priority is contacting the railroad liaison to halt all rail traffic on that line until the scene can be cleared.  So far there have been no real close calls, but local leaders don’t want to rely on that luck.

Town officials have been conferencing with the Rail Division at the NC Department of Transportation, looking for a means of changing the grade at the intersection.  Removing the crest will solve the problem, but will effect area traffic considerably during the change.

As it did Tuesday when the Granite-Faith Joint Police closed the intersection, detouring traffic away from the site.

A crew from Kluttz Towing got the call this week, as they have in the past. They quickly got the tractor-trailer hooked up and stabilized, pulling it clear of the crossing. 

Nearly every time this has happened, the drivers blame their GPS units, saying they were directed along that route.  

Ultimately the driver was not cited Tuesday, instead given a verbal warning.

As for the changes that could resolve the recurring problem, The Salisbury Post reports those efforts are currently on hold.

According to Town Manager Dan Peters, “We are waiting for the environmental impact study now.”

 

If your vehicle becomes disabled, contact Tow Squad for fast roadside assistance.

__________________________________________

Want to share your own story?
Contact Us
or call 888-603-2599.

This towing news story is brought to you by Tow Squad Towing News

  • distraction

    Like texting-while-driving, on-board computer systems can represent a dangerous distraction from the road.

  • Video of Tower Outburst Goes Viral

    The widespread use of camera phones can inflate a single incident, and unfairly paint the reputation of an entire business.

  • stlouspfd

    An annual gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts in St. Louis ensnared local police this week, resulting ultimately in two deaths, dozens of arrests and nearly ninety bikes towed.

  • tow2

    Tow owner in Penn. is suing local police chief, claiming his company has been denied tow work despite contract

  • towwing

    Towing companies could be facing new local guidelines from OH Supreme Court decision…

View All Suggest event/story

2 Responses to Railroad Crossing Keeps Snaring Rigs

  1. tony Shigalaigo says:

    People dont read signs anymore.. only txt messages ..

  2. Kim K. says:

    Someone needs to get rid of this!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

Cash Calls

CALLS = CA$H

Learn how our call center can earn you extra business and improve your ROI. Get calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Industry Advisor

Industry Advisor

Looking to expand your business but don't know where to start? TOW SQUAD can help.

 
 
24/7 Immediate Response Towing & Roadside Assistance Call 855-869-7823!
Array
(
)

Array
(
)
::