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Trains Dropping 911 Calls In Rathdrum

RATHDRUM, Idaho - The people living along Highway 53 near the fueling depot in Rathdrum have a problem, and it happens every time a train goes by.

"We lose digital TV signal, we lose our wireless Internet signal, and we get disruption of our cell phone service as well," said Glenda Ulery, Rathdrum resident.

Glenda Ulery lives right across the highway from the railroad tracks. She says this has been going on since the digital conversion.

"I have literally been on the telephone on an emergency 911 call, I've had to call back 3 to 4 times because there were trains going by the cell phone service on my cell phone was interrupted and the call was dropped," said Ulery.

She worries that it's just a matter of time before someone is unable to reach 911 when an emergency happens in their area.

"All people have out here sometimes is a cell phone...Even if they do get through to an operator there's a very good likelihood over the course of that 911 call they're going to get their cell phone cut off and it's going to get dropped," said Ulery.

Glenda says this would all be fixed if the trains would stop going by, but knows that's not likely an option. Now she hopes something else can be figured out to solve her digital communication problem.

"I don't know what to do about it other than some sort of mediation needs to take place so that you're not removing emergency services from people," said Ulery.

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