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Feb. 4 in history

5:11 PM, Jan. 30, 2013  |  Comments
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Feb. 4, 1953 - Trains cause traffic jams: "I certainly am glad we had that meeting with the railroads to end blocking of crossings." Lt. Harry H. Bultman, of the police traffic division, declared this morning with heavy sarcasm. One string of crossings had been blocked for 13 minutes, and S. Broadway for 25 minutes within 24 hours.

The Milwaukee road, which has not been represented at the meeting, was the offender in both cases, Bultman said.

While it is normal procedure for the trains to pump up their air after coupling the two sections together, this usually is done around 11 o'clock, when traffic is not heavy. Tuesday's blocking occurred at the height of the noon rush, Bultman stated. This always leads the officers to fear that school children or others, impatient at being blocked may attempt to climb between or under the staffed freight cars and be killed.

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