Mayor to newspaper: 'Trains have more power than God.'

Columbia, SC, mayor shows public exasperation over in-town train tie-ups
RELATED TOPICS: SOUTHEAST | NORFOLK SOUTHERN | CSX | PEOPLE
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — The mayor in South Carolina's capital city seems unable to call on the traditional "Higher Power" as trains criss-crossed the community Wednesday, blocking intersections.

" 'Trains have more power than God,' " The State newspaper reports Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin saying this week.

The newspaper reports that CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern trains snarled road commuter traffic for more than an hour Wednesday. The incident appears to be a random and unfortunate coincidence of trains blocking multiple intersections at the same time during the city's morning commute.

While representatives of both railroads issued apologies, that came after the mayor shot out additional colorful language on Twitter calling the traffic tie-ups a "damn shame." And that he'll meet with CSX and NS officials in December.

He told the newspaper, "There's just got to be a way — this is 2017 — to work with scheduling."

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