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Updated: 03/06/2017 12:40:37PM

Train stopped, gates down

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AVON PARK — A CSX Transportation train has stopped for an unknown reason near State Road 17, just north of Sebring.

Public Information Officer Scott Dressel with the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office reports that gates are down at the rail crossing at Claradge Avenue, but the train is not blocking the crossing.

“We are not advising motorists to drive around the crossing gates,” Dressel said.

However, he’s received reports some motorists have done just that.

He asks motorists to take an alternate route, if possible. If they must cross, use their best judgement and extreme caution.

At this time (5 p.m. Thursday), there is no report of a deputy on scene doing any traffic control.

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