A train stopped on the tracks in the heart of San Marcos, wreaking havoc on rush-hour traffic for more than an hour Friday afternoon.
San Marcos police said the train was having brake issues and an emergency stop was required to check them.
Shortly before 5 p.m., the long train crawled to a stop after only about a dozen cars had crossed Hopkins Street going southwest. Drivers on Hopkins Street from Interstate-35 towards downtown diverted themselves to Riverside Drive so they could take an eastern route on Cheatham Street toward downtown, as the train hadn’t reached the tracks to block LBJ Drive or Guadalupe Street.
By about 5:40 p.m., the train inched forward enough to block LBJ Drive and Guadalupe Street while still blocking Hopkins. At 6 p.m., the train finally cleared Hopkins Street, enabling a smooth flow of traffic.
The train stopped about a block from San Marcos Plaza Park right as preparations were being made for Friday night’s Sights and Sounds of Christmas event, then cleared Hopkins Street right on time for the event to start.