Train cuts off Lake Chapeau neighborhood

Published 11:49 am Friday, January 29, 2010

A train stopped on the tracks that cross Lake Chapeau Drive, and Tribune reader Betty Davies reported at 11:45 a.m. Friday that it had been there for about a half hour. She was in one of eight cars at the time on the Lake Chapeau side of the road. She said there were just about the same number of cars on the other side of the train. The train clear at about 11:50 a.m.

She said the train had many tanker cars. She said she was worried that the Lake Chapeau neighborhood and the visitors to the City Arena were without access to emergency services for such a long time. Lake Chapeau Drive is the only road to that area of Albert Lea. When a train stops, that area is cut off by motor vehicle travel from the rest of the city.

Secondary access to the neighborhood has been an issue whenever development springs up on the southwest side of the city.

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The tracks belong to the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad, which is part of the Canadian Pacific Railroad.

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Tim Engstrom is the editor of the Albert Lea Tribune. He resides in Albert Lea with his wife, two sons and dog.

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