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Malfunctioning crossing arms hold up traffic for hours

Jan. 7, 2014 at 5:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 6, 2014 at 7:07 p.m.

Traffic on Farm-to-Market Road 1432 was backed up more than two hours Tuesday afternoon because the arms at a railroad crossing malfunctioned.

A railroad malfunction left motorists on Farm-to-Market Road 1432 stranded for more than two hours Tuesday.

The cold weather may have caused a joint to dislodge from the tracks, said Raquel Espinoza, a Union Pacific media director. The joints hold the tracks together.

Victoria County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to the location to assist with traffic control about noon. The area was cleared at 2:30 p.m. after a detour was created.

To ensure the public's safety, Espinoza said whenever an issue is detected on the railroads, a fail-safe mechanism signals the crossing arms to close. A maintenance operator was sent to the track late Tuesday afternoon and was expected to put the crossing area back into service by the end of Tuesday.

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