Traffic was snarled for more than an hour in downtown Modesto on Wednesday afternoon after a big rig got stuck on railroad tracks in Turlock.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe operators stopped a freight train in Modesto after the big rig got stuck at the tracks at Daubenberger and Paulson roads in Turlock. The accident occurred about 1:15 p.m.
The tractor-trailer, carrying a load of wood planks, got stuck when the trailer did not clear the tracks. The road at that intersection is sloped; a sign warns big rig operators of the danger of getting stuck.
California Highway Patrol officers and Union Pacific representatives responded to the scene.
A tow truck for big rigs was called. Workers arrived and hooked the back of the big rig up to a crane, pulling it up so it could clear the tracks.
The rig was moved off the tracks about 2:20 p.m.
It was not clear whether the driver of the big rig, owned by a company based in Washington, will be cited. No injuries were reported.