East Texan says Tyler railroad tracks damaged his vehicle

East Texan says Tyler railroad tracks damaged his vehicle
Published: Mar. 15, 2023 at 9:35 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 15, 2023 at 11:31 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - An East Texan says his car is now damaged after crossing railroad tracks in Tyler. The damaged tracks can be found near S. Fleishel Ave. and S. Beckham Ave.

Tyler resident Tony Maldanado has gone through this crossing many times and said it’s in need of repairs, with broken concrete on the tracks. He said his motor mounts and front shocks are now broken after driving over it.

Maldanado has contacted Union Pacific railroad for help.

“I’ve called and called and called, I would say ten to fifteen times at least, and I went to complain this morning, and when I called this morning they told me I can no longer leave a verbal complaint. I have to do it online. I’m old-fashioned. I want to talk to somebody. I want to make sure you hear my story about this railroad crossing.”

Union Pacific contacted Maldanado back and sent him a claim form, but he doesn’t want to fill it out and has no plans to fix his car at this time.

“Because I said, ‘If they don’t fix it, what purpose does it do for me to fix my car?’ I’m going to go over it again and again.”

We reached out to Union Pacific. They said, in part, “Union Pacific is aware of the rough crossing near South Fleishel Avenue in Tyler, Texas, and it is scheduled for repair. We hope to get it done before spring.”

Maldanado said, “It’s a busy intersection. We go to the hospitals. A lot of people cut through to go into the back, to the parking lot, instead of going to the front. But still, this needs to be fixed. That’s all there is to it.”

Maldanado is working to get the neighborhood involved if Union Pacific doesn’t fix the track.

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