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12-Hour Maximum Shift Over, So Crew Leaves Train Blocking Street

August 16, 1988

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) _ People heading for work were confronted by a train that remained stalled across a street for almost two hours during rush hour Monday because its crew had reached the maximum hours it could work legally.

A Union Pacific spokesman confirmed that a Tidewater Southern freight was stalled at a crossing in Modesto from 6:30 a.m. until after 8 a.m. because of a communications mixup over crews.

One crew had worked the maximum 12 hours allowed under federal law, and another crew wasn’t called soon enough to get to Modesto in time, said Ron Ahearn, manager of Union Pacific’s terminal operations in Stockton.

Police said traffic was rerouted to other streets.

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