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Brake issues on train tangles traffic in Morris on Thursday

MORRIS -- An issue with the braking system on a train tangled traffic in Morris for about two hours on Thursday morning.

About at 7:20 a.m. Thursday, a train going south through Morris lost air pressure in its braking system, bringing the train to a stop in the middle of Morris, said Morris Police Chief Ross Tiegs.

Because the train was so long, it initially stopped in a place that blocked all roads connecting the city’s east and west sides.

After operators found out where the air was leaking from the braking system, they were able to separate the train at a crossing by Cenex South (the corner of Highway 9 and County Road 22) to allow traffic to continue flowing while repairs were made, said Tiegs.

For the next two hours, officers with the MPD helped keep traffic moving along Highway 28 and Pacific Avenue, two busy thoroughfares during the morning commute.

At about 9:15 a.m., the train was out of town and all roads were clear and moving, Tiegs said.

In general, trains are not supposed to block state highways for more than 10 minutes at a time, Tiegs said. Sometimes trains can sit for longer in Morris because the city is a bypass area for trains going in opposite directions. 

Kim Ukura

Kim Ukura began working at the Farmington/Rosemount Independent Town Pages in August of 2016. Previously, she served as the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune for five years. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2008 with degrees in English and journalism. She earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2010. Prior to returning to Morris to work at the Sun Tribune, she worked in trade publishing. She has been recognized by the Minnesota Newspaper Association for human interest, multimedia, business and public affairs reporting. 

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