Letter from Martin Carder, Vero Beach to TC Palm June 24, 2014
Trains keep people trapped at crossings for long periods
On June 6, for the second time in two weeks, I along with many others were trapped west of the railroad tracks on 53rd St. in Vero Beach. An FEC freight train was parked across the tracks for at least an hour and a quarter, maybe longer as others were there before me. So why didn’t we do a U-turn and go back to 58th St.? Only swamp buggies can negotiate the curbs across the median as there is no turn-around close to the tracks. No hope for semis.
I called the FEC and the Sheriff’s Department after an hour and received the same message that they were “switching cars” and would take another 15 minutes.
Does anyone seriously think that 32 passenger trains a day can be safely integrated onto the same tracks, without greater stress to our community?