CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Morning commuters headed to work from Plaza Midwood were forced to turn around on highly-traveled Central Avenue Tuesday morning.
The railroad crossing, near Hawthorne Lane and Central Avenue, was shut down a day earlier than scheduled. CSX Transportation released a statement, calling the shut down a miscommunication.
Corey Millet says it took him 15 minutes to get through the detour during the morning rush hour. Once he got to work, he says he jumped in to help divert traffic but he saw several cars and a CMS school bus disregarding the barricades.
"It attempted to go around the adjacent building here, but there were some low-hanging lights that it was not able to do so. So the bus stopped on the tracks, had to back out and move some of the signed to get out safely," Millet said.
CMS says the ten students on board were safe and the bus driver is suspended.
A spokesperson released this statement:
Meanwhile, the turnarounds continued throughout the day, despite traffic signs alerting drivers to the detour. Greg Frank say he parked and walked because it was easier than going through the detour.
"I just quit driving because I had to turn around eight times already it seems like today," he said.