Railroad gates at 146 W and Rte 3 open in Union Co., Ill.

Railroad gates at 146 W and Rte 3 open in Union Co., Ill.
Union Pacific said a piece of equipment, which signals the gates to go down, was worn-out and caused a bad connection. The malfunction caused the gates to stay down and signal as if a train was passing on the tracks. (Source: KFVS)

UNION COUNTY, Ill. (KFVS) - Drivers were asked to use an alternate route in Union County, Illinois on Wednesday morning, Feb. 26.

The railroad gates at Route 146 west and Route 3 were malfunctioning, according to Union County Sheriff’s Office officials.

For approximately two hours, the crossing arms at the railroad tracks were flashing and blocking the tracks.

The crossing arms and signals were working as though a train was passing through the area, but there was nothing on the tracks.

The gates are malfunctioning at 146 West and Route 3. (Source: Google Maps)
The gates are malfunctioning at 146 West and Route 3. (Source: Google Maps) (Source: Google Maps)

Due to the issue, the Union County Sheriffs Office requested drivers to use alternate routes to by-pass the Ware crossing. Drivers had three choices: Refuge Drive, Old Cape Road or State Forest Road.

Union Pacific Railroad was notified about the issue and sent crews to fix the problem.

According to the company, a piece of equipment, which signals the gates to go down, was worn-out and this caused a bad connection.

Railroad crews fixed the issue and traffic was able to proceed to the Rte. 3 and Rte. 146 intersection around 7 a.m.

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