CSX: Noise disruption in Wando Woods neighborhood came from locomotive engine

Published: Jan. 27, 2015 at 9:44 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 28, 2015 at 1:46 AM EST
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - CSX officials say a noise which neighbors in the Wando Woods area had been complaining about came from a locomotive.

Following a story on Live 5 News on Monday, CSX officials said on Tuesday that they had determined that the noise disruption came from the engine of a locomotive that has been taken out of service for maintenance.

Neighbors in the Wando Woods area met on Monday to talk about the noise that they said was wreaking havoc on their community.

The area is off Dorchester Road around the CSX railway and rail yard, and residents say they're used to hearing the normal train noises and horns, but they were hearing something else. A woman who lives directly next to the CSX rail yard said she heard what she had described as "a bizarre siren" going off at two or three in the morning and had no idea what it was.

Many neighbors expressed their concern about the new, alarming noise they've been hearing for the last month or so. They said it sounded like a tornado warning.

Neighbors in the Wando Woods area have complained about the noise, but it also impacted the residents on the other side of the I-526 overpass, off Bennett Yard road.

They say most of the time, the noise is going off late at night or early in the morning. Neighbors say a lot of elderly people live in the area and the mysterious siren was affecting their health by keeping them up at night.

This isn't the first community to complain about the mysterious siren-like noise coming from CSX trains and property. An Atlanta neighborhood reported the same thing in November of last year.

According to CSX officials, they had been looking into the noise complaint in North Charleston and were asking the community to call with any concerns or rail related issues.

CSX officials said they appreciated the community's patience in this matter.

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