Drivers direct traffic after railroad crossing guards malfunction
Power surge blows fuse at railroad tracks at Wetmore Road and Thousand Oaks
SAN ANTONIO - A handful of drivers got out of their cars to direct traffic in wet, cold weather Tuesday night when crossing arms at the railroad tracks at Wetmore Road and Thousand Oaks malfunctioned.
The arms were blocking traffic but no train was coming.
"I am directing traffic and holding up a crossing sign," said Katherine Nations as she waved drivers through the intersection.
Nations directed traffic for at least two hours after she got stuck behind the crossing arms.
"I was siting fuming in my truck at this intersection," she said. "I was furious I wasn't able to get home."
Alejandro Chagoyan, a local cab driver, stopped to help Nations after he sat in traffic for 45 minutes.
"I go to one side and open it, and then go to the other side and open it," said Chagoyan.
Union Pacific said the Thousand Oaks and Wetmore intersection was one of seven crossings with the same problem Tuesday caused by a power surge that blew fuses.
It was unclear Tuesday night whether the surge was caused by rainy weather.
Crews were out repairing the problem at all seven locations Tuesday night.
Traffic was moving smoothly at Wetmore and Thousand Oaks by 9:30 pm Tuesday.
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