Train blocks entrance to Gardendale neighborhood, residents crawl under and over to get home

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GARDENDALE, Ala. (WIAT) — A train that was blocking the entrance to a small neighborhood on McCormack Drive in Gardendale was moved Thursday night after several complaints from residents.

According to Gardendale Mayor Stan Hogeland, the crossing was blocked since before noon Thursday. He said that the city received a notice from CSX that the train will not be moved until around 5 a.m. Friday morning.

Hogeland said that a woman was getting her CPAP machine and medication handed to her over the track because she couldn’t get to her house. Residents were having to crawl over and under the train to get to their homes, the mayor told CBS 42.

One of the residents has a special needs son that missed his Miracle League game Thursday night, he said, and some residents abandoned their cars to walk to their homes on the other side of the train.

CSX moved the train shortly after 9 p.m. after several complaints from residents and Mayor Hogeland.

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