Concerns raised after ambulance delayed by train crossing

Potentially 'life-threatening' delays on train tracks in Garden City

GARDEN CITY, GA (WTOC) -Stopped trains at railroad crossings in Garden City are continuing to cause traffic backups, and after Wednesday morning, those backups turned into potentially life-threatening delays.

An Effingham County ambulance was attempting to transport a patient with a medical emergency from Garden City to a local Savannah hospital for treatment. Unfortunately, they were stopped by a train on Highway 21 near Brampton Road.

Garden City’s mayor says that a signal malfunction down the tracks led to the stoppage.

A person that sent video to the WTOC newsroom says that the ambulance driver was able to find another route around the train.

“The ambulance is still sitting here,” said Crystal Millner. “I actually went up and knocked on the ambulance’s window to let them know that this train has literally not moved since 9 a.m., so hopefully they know a different way around.”

According to Effingham County’s Emergency Medical Services Office, the ambulance driver did find another route and was able to get the patient to the hospital.

You can report a blocked crossing issue directly to the Federal Railroad Administration by clicking here.

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