- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

ENDERLIN, N.D. (AP) - The city of Enderlin is involved in a legal battle over an ordinance that bans trains from blocking railway crossings for more than 10 minutes.

Canadian Pacific Railway has filed a federal lawsuit that seeks to have the ordinance declared invalid. The company says the city doesn’t have the authority to enforce the ordinance.

Enderlin city attorney Fallon Kelly tells KFGO radio (https://bit.ly/1pcJIhu ) that the city is acting within the law. He says the issue is about safety and keeping roads clear for emergency vehicles.

Railroad employees who violate the ordinance must serve a minimum sentence of two days in jail and pay a $500 fine. The ordinance also says anyone convicted must pay at least $1,000 in civil damages “without the necessity of a separate trial in civil court.”

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Information from: KFGO-AM, https://www.kfgo.com

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