Trains blocking crossings raise concerns in Mayflower

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MAYFLOWER, Ark. – More concerns have been raised over idle trains in Mayflower.

Back in August of 2018, the city had major issues when a train was stopped for hours on the tracks at a local intersection. The delay was so bad school start time had to be pushed back.

Since then dozens of letters and calls have been placed to Union Pacific. The city says still nothing has been done. The police department recently took to Facebook and mentioned how it affects response time.

“The frustration hits you as well as it does the public because you know that you can’t get there and they need you to be there,” explained Lieutenant Wesley Tyra.

He said they have to have an emergency back up plan so his fellow officers can get to emergencies on the other side of town.

“It gets into a public safety hazard that I am very concerned with,” expressed Mayflower’s Mayor.

Multiple community members said they feel like the company does not care because it is a small town.

We reached out to Union Pacific who said they are working to one day install a “Grade Separation” to prevent this issue. The company could not give a timeline as to when that work would start.

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