Stalled train cuts Pelahatchie in half - - Jackson, MS

Stalled train cuts Pelahatchie in half

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By Bert Case - bio | email

PELAHATCHIE, MS (WLBT) - A Kansas City Southern freight train came uncoupled in downtown Pelahatchie Friday morning cutting the small town in half for more than  three hours. It caused a lot of disruption in the small town of about 1,500 people.

Kids couldn't get to school and were trying to tell us school had been canceled, but that was not the case.

Students were told not to try to climb through the stopped train to get to school.

Apparently, a broken coupler on one car shut down the whole train, when the hose that provides air to operate the brakes was pulled apart.

"Everybody was pretty good natured about it, when they figured out that it wasn't going to move" said Mayor Knox Ross. "We started trying to tell people which way to go, and it is a little convoluted to get from one side of town to the other. it's probably about ten miles out of the way to do it. It's kind of odd in a town like this, but we just did it."

The town was cut in half from about 6:30 a.m. To just after ten.

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