Updated: December 16, 2013 8:53PM
ELGIN — A two-mile-long freight train stalled in Elgin’s downtown area for a time Monday evening, causing some bridges to be blocked.
Police had sent out a notice shortly after 5 p.m. that only the I-90 and Route 20 bridges in Elgin were open to east-west travel through the city. That meant the city’s four downtown Fox River bridges — Kimball Street, Chicago Street, Highland Avenue and National Street — were blocked at the nearby train crossings.
But reports around 7 p.m. indicated that all four of the downtown crossings finally were reopened to traffic, although the evening’s snowfall was causing problems on hilly streets.
Until the crossings could be unblocked, the only east-west crossings over the Fox River available to motorists were I-90 on the city’s north end and Route 20 on the sound end. Other bridges farther north and south that were open to traffic included Route 72 in the Dundees and State Street in South Elgin.