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Train regularly blocks Main St. in Murfreesboro

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MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -

It's hard to believe someone stopping a vehicle in the middle of the street and taking an hour-long break while everyone waits, but that is exactly what has been happening in Murfreesboro for years.

Dub Hollowell makes musical instruments sound beautiful again, but his shop on West Main Street has an unusual problem. At times, it is blocked by a CSX train.

Hollowell said the CSX train that roars by the String Shop often comes to a complete stop right in the middle of the road nearly every day.

"Pretty much daily, and some days are worse than others. Two or three times a day - sometimes for 30 minutes, sometimes for five or six hours," Hollowell said.

Hollowell said the roadblock has been going on for years, and while it has hurt business, it has also created an unusual situation on Rutherford County's beautiful, eight-mile, multimillion dollar greenway that runs along the Stones River.

"I watch joggers who are blocked from their vehicles. I watch people crawl under the train to get across," Hollowell said. "It does hurt business, but the main thing is safety. I worry to see people do that."

The city of Murfreesboro is aware about the problem but just can't quite get CSX to agree to stop blocking Main Street.

"We have had several meetings with them. They seem to be cordial in the beginning, and it improves for awhile, but then it always goes back to the same thing," said traffic engineer Ram Balachandran.

Channel 4 News contacted a representative for CSX in Florida who said they are working with Murfreesboro city leaders on the issue, and the company is confident it can come to a compromise that will work for everyone.

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