This is bound to happen in a train town.
A broken-down freight train blocked traffic on Ashland’s main drag for most of Monday. The CSX train, carrying a variety of cargo, came to a stop on Ashland’s eastern most set of tracks early Monday morning and stayed put until early afternoon.
According to Lt. James Shelhorse, public information officer with the Ashland Police Department, a broken wheel or axle was to blame for the breakdown.
While the train was not physically blocking Route 54, traffic was detoured around the intersection to Myrtle Street as a precaution. Ashland Police and Public Works staff were on scene most of the day redirecting traffic.
In what Shelhorse called an unrelated incident, CSX crews remained on site after the train had cleared Monday afternoon to repair a crossing arm struck by a motorist at the Myrtle Street crossing.