Hit-and-run with train backs up traffic in Germantown

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GERMANTOWN, Tenn. — Germantown Police say a driver hit a train early Wednesday morning, then left the scene, causing a major traffic backup.

Police are calling it a hit-and-run.

Around 7:30 a.m., officers responded to a crash involving a train and a vehicle at Germantown Road near Southern.

By the time officers arrived, the vehicle had left the scene, police said.

The train was stopped for about an hour as part of an ongoing investigation. Traffic was blocked at West Street and Poplar Pike, Germantown Road at Southern and Poplar Pike.

Katie Butler, who has worked at the Germantown Commissary for 38 years, said the stopped train extended her 10 to 12-minute commute to work into an hour. The barbecue spot is located along the tracks were the crash happened.

"Wow, I got to get in here," she said as traffic finally started flowing. "We have all this food going out this morning."

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