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An illegally parked train got an equally humongous parking ticket of $5,000, according to the Beacon News of Aurora, Ill.
At 7:44 a.m. last Friday, a Burlington Northern Santa Fe (search) train stopped on a railroad crossing in the tiny hamlet of Big Rock, Ill., about 50 miles west of downtown Chicago — and stayed there.
Traffic began backing up on Rhodes Street, the town's main north-south road, and then spilled out onto U.S. Route 30, which runs east-west. The entire town became gridlocked and emergency vehicles couldn't get from one side of Big Rock to the other.
A Kane County sheriff's deputy marched up, directed traffic for a while, and then got the train number and wrote the railroad a ticket: $1,000 for the first 25 minutes the train was stopped, and $500 for every additional five minutes.
Since the train didn't move again until 8:51 a.m., 67 minutes after it stopped, that worked out to an even five grand.
The Kane County sheriff's office said the railroad had violated safety requirements in the Illinois Vehicle Code (search).
Steve Forsberg, general director of public affairs for Burlington Northern Santa Fe, said Monday the railroad tries not to block any traffic crossing for more than 15 minutes.
He added that the Rhodes Street crossing was "an ideal candidate" for what's called a "grade separation" — i.e., building a bridge or tunnel so that the roadway and railway don't intersect.
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