Rail gates activated by suspected drunken driver, police say

Gate activation causes traffic delays
Rail gates activated by suspected drunken driver, police say

A drunken driving crash caused the activation of rail crossing gates and traffic delays on East Washington Avenue Saturday night, according to a release from Madison police.

Officers were called to the 1800 block of East Washington Avenue at 10:39 p.m. for a report of a traffic backup because of rail crossing gates that had come down.

Officers said they found a van about 600 feet off the road and stuck on the tracks with a flat tire.

Police said driver, a 25-year-old man from Sandy, Utah, got out of the driver’s side of the van and tried to convince officers he had not been driving. He was cited for drunken driving.

The railroad was notified to keep trains out of the area during the investigation.

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