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(A) It shall be unlawful for any railroad company, or any receiver or trustee operating a railroad, to obstruct for a longer period than 5 minutes the free passage on any street or road by standing cars or trains across the street or road, except a passenger train while receiving or discharging passengers. A passageway shall be kept open to allow normal flow of traffic. Nor shall it be lawful to stand any wagon or other vehicle on the track of any railroad which will hinder or endanger a moving train; provided, however, that when a train has been uncoupled, so as to make a passageway, the time necessarily required, not exceeding 3 minutes, to pump up the air after the train has been recoupled shall not be included in considering the time the cars or trains were standing across the street or road.
(B) This section shall not apply when the train is stopped due to breakdown, mechanical failure or emergency.
(1997 Code, § 66-11) Penalty, see § 71.99
Similar provisions, see VA Code, § 56-412.1