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Henryetta family says train tracks near driveway cause major safety concerns

Posted at 8:11 PM, Nov 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-10 01:51:54-05

HENRYETTA, Okla. - Every single day the Brinkley family said a train near their driveway keeps them from getting in or out of their home. 

When the horn goes off and the lights flash, Monica Brinkley knows it's going to be a while. 

“We cannot get out to receive help, to get help or do anything," Brinkley said. 

The train passing by her home blocks the family's driveway. 

“I’m pregnant. There’s no telling when I can go into labor and what if I need to get out and I can’t?”

And every week stopping for as long as it wants. 

“He said it was like a 20-minute wait.”

However, she said last month the wait wasn't 20 minutes, but an hour and a half. 

“It’s really frustrating when it stops," said her 9-year-old daughter Myli Brinkley. 

She was waiting on the other side on a church bus. 

“I’m not going to lie, if there was a situation, I would just jump the train like any mother would," Monica said. 

In March, a situation caught on camera, the family saying it waited four hours for the train to pass. 

Her father called 2 Works for You then, and Monica said after our story things were better for a time, until she was looking at her daughter through train cars. 

“Any parent would do anything to get to their child.”

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company owns the tracks. 

When 2 Works for You called it stated, like in our last story, there's no active complaint out of Henryetta, and asked we give the family their representative's contact information. 

“We try to do what we’re supposed to. We call the people we don’t just automatically get mad.”

Monica said she's done that, and she'll gladly do it again. 

But Myli said now she has something to say. 

“I would say, 'Will you please stop stopping your train or anything unless it’s an emergency.'”

Her message comes in behalf of family and friends all afraid to get stuck on the other side. 

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