Supreme Court won’t act on Oklahoma law to keep trains moving at crossroads

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — The Supreme Court decided to take no further action on an Oklahoma law to keep trains moving at crossroads.

A railroad company could have been fined under previous law. A local driver said he’s also seen the issues.

“It takes too much time. You got to turn around and find another way around,” Nate Jones said.

All drivers could do was sit there and watch as a freight train crossed Northwest 10th Street in Oklahoma City.

“They don’t want to come down and sit for 20 or 30 minutes waiting for a train to go by,” Jones said. “Do I get to charge them for that? Do I get to take that off my taxes?”

The state’s blocked crossing statute is gone for good. The Supreme Court decided Tuesday that it will not reconsider a lower court’s ruling that the law is invalid.

The law originally aimed to stop trains from blocking railroad crossings for over 10 minutes.

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