MUNROE FALLS — A mechanical problem halted a train at the railroad crossing along state Route 91 (Main Street) for more than five hours Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, according to the fire chief.

Munroe Falls Fire Chief Lee Chafin said the 131-car CSX train got stopped at the crossing at about 8:45 p.m. Tuesday and only 18 cars didn’t make it past the intersection.

Chafin said CSX was called and the company sent in a repair crew.

"They had a mechanical problem within the engine," said Chafin.

The train restarted and cleared the crossing area at about 2:15 a.m. Wednesday, according to Chafin.

He said his department, the police department and the service department brought in extra workers to ensure "that both sides of our city were covered."

Chafin said the fire department called in two additional employees so that the department "would have "EMS staffing on both sides [of the railroad crossing]." He said the police department used reserve officers to help direct traffic, a move that allowed the patrol officers to continue responding to calls. 

The Bailey Road railroad crossing in Cuyahoga Falls was open, Chafin said.

Reporter Phil Keren can be reached at 330-541-9421,, or on Twitter at @keren_phil.