Chippewa Falls City Council votes to enforce train fines

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis (WEAU)--Chippewa Falls will now start fining trains that stall at city intersections.

The decision came Tuesday at a city council meeting. Mayor Greg Hoffman says it was spurred after several trains stalled on city streets back in February.

“Every time the train stops it doesn't mean we are going to fine them,” said Chippewa Falls Mayor Greg Hoffman.

Hoffman says in February five streets were blocked by stalled trains in the span on one week. He says that is unacceptable to the city.

“I want to say it was a total of 35 to 40 hours that these intersections were blocked it had a tremendous impact on the community, said Hoffman.

Hoffman says city is working with the train company involved, Union Pacific, to get the problem fixed.

But if trains continue to stall in the area, Hoffman says they will fine that any train that stalls at an intersection. The City ordinance states that if a train stops for more than five minutes it can be fined up to $500.

A spokesperson for Union Pacific says it is taking steps to make sure no more trains stall in that area.

"The incidents that happened hopefully will not happen again,” said Media Relations Specialist Mark Davis.

Davis did not give a reason for the trains stalling on the tracks but said Pacific Union apologizes for the inconvenience.

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