Traveling through Harlan took a lot longer than normal on Thursday.
Traffic was backed up on both sides of the road on U.S. 421 for nearly an hour when railroad track arms malfunctioned and stayed down.
One of the wires running to the arms was apparently cut.
"By the time we were made aware of the problem, we sent officers to the scene," said Harlan City Police chief Danny Caudill.
The Harlan City Police Department then contacted CSX and informed them of what was happening.
CSX said that it would be about 20 minutes before workers could get there.
"We left officers on the scene until CSX could get there and repair the problem," said Caudill.
"When we got there, it had already been going on for at least 20 minutes. We got a call from someone saying that they were sitting in traffic."
The problem was resolved around 4 p.m.
Caudill said the traffic problems had travel in a mess.
"This happened at a bad time," said Caudill. "School was just being dismissed."
Someone apparently ran their vehicle into one of the arms that was down, breaking it. There were reportedly three other minor vehicle crashes on the bypass while traffic was blocked.