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66-273. Permitting trains, engines or cars to stand on public highway. Each and every railroad company or any corporation leasing or otherwise operating a railroad in Kansas is hereby prohibited from allowing its trains, engines or cars to stand upon any public road within one half mile of any incorporated or unincorporated city or town, station or flag station, or upon any crossing or street, to exceed ten minutes at any one time without leaving an opening in the traveled portion of the public road, street or crossing of at least thirty feet in width.

History: L. 1897, ch. 169, § 1; L. 1903, ch. 394, § 1; June 1; R.S. 1923, 66-273.

Attorney General's Opinions:

Obstruction of highways and streets by railroad equipment; time limitation. 94-83.

Local speed restrictions on trains preempted by federal law. 2000-65.

CASE ANNOTATIONS

1. Recovery by individual; injury must be kind contemplated by act. Denton v. Railway Co., 90 Kan. 51, 54, 133 P. 558.

2. Train obstructing street, delaying fire department; liability of railroad. Walker v. Railway Co., 95 Kan. 702, 706, 707, 149 P. 677.

3. City ordinance may place greater restrictions on operation of trains. Walker v. Railway Co., 95 Kan. 702, 706, 707, 149 P. 687.

4. Cited in denying city right to open street through railway property. City of Norton v. Lowden, 84 F.2d 663, 664, 666.

5. The federal interstate commerce commission termination act, 49 U.S.C. § 10101 et seq., preempts statute because the statute's effect on railroad operations is more than incidental or remote. State v. BNSF Railway Co., 56 Kan. App.2d 503, 513, 432 P.3d 77 (2018).


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