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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.