Trains stopped in Rock Hill after car gets stuck on track

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comApril 18, 2013 

— Norfolk Southern trains were ordered to come to a stop earlier this week after deputies say a Rock Hill man’s attempts to use bags of potting soil and sticks to free his car from railroad tracks failed.

Deputies were dispatched to the area of Cel-River Road and Cherry Street at about 2 a.m. Monday to find a car that was reportedly stuck on railroad tracks, according to a York County Sheriff’s report. Police found a sports utility vehicle sitting perpendicular to the tracks with its front tires in the center of the tracks.

The car owner returned on scene and told police that he and his son, 16, were riding around on trails near the tracks when he encountered a dead end, the report states. The man, 39, said he turned his car around and his front tires drove over the tracks, which trapped the car.

The man’s mother picked up his son while he tried to get the SUV off the tracks by using sticks and bags of potting soil, the report states. He eventually gave up and called police.

Dispatch had already notified Norfolk Southern to stop the trains, the report states. Railroad crews met with deputies and helped remove the car from the tracks.

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