The traffic lights were malfunctioning at the intersection of Applegarth Rd. and S. Middlesex Ave, and a police officer was on the scene to assist the traffic. He parked his vehicle in front of the S. Middlesex Ave. median and right on the tracks. A crewman walked over to the police officer and asked if he could move his car so that the train could pass. The police officer obliged and moved it just enough so that the train could squeeze through on its return to Browns Yards.