A train derailed near the Columbus Avenue underpass on Saturday afternoon, but there were no reported casualties despite the incident’s significant property damage, according to Sandusky police chief Jared Oliver.
A conductor on a Norfolk Southern train headed east reported engine problems at 4:20 p.m., which led to the derailment near the Columbus Avenue underpass. According to Oliver, the damaged train cars are dripping paraffin wax, which is not dangerous. It’s unclear when and how long it will take to repair the damage.
According to city officials, teams from Norfolk Southern, the Federal Railroad Administration, and the city are cleaning up the scene. On its social media platforms, Sandusky officials urged people to stay away from the region.
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In the meanwhile, Oliver said, Campbell Street crossing and other railroad crossings between Columbus Avenue and Mills Street in Sandusky would be closed for an unknown period. More than a thousand customers lost power as a result of the derailment, Ohio Edison spokeswoman Lauren Siburkis told the Register on Saturday.
She added that the train derailed and wound up on some power wires, which pulled down a few poles. The transition of clients to backup power lines is being worked on. On Saturday at 10:40 p.m., Ohio Edison’s website indicated that electricity might not be restored to one location near Columbus Avenue until as late as 11:30 p.m. 60 customers are still having issues.
Local law enforcement advised treating any broken traffic lights as four-way stops in the region. The homecoming dance at St. Mary Central Catholic High School was relocated from the school’s location on West Jefferson Street near downtown Sandusky to Ghostly Manor on Milan Road as a result of the power outage (U.S. 250). The school wrote on its social media website Saturday night, “Thank you to the Criscione family for rescuing the night.
SERVICE ALERT: Due to an incident near Sandusky (SKY), Lake Shore Limited Train 49/449, which departed Boston (BOS) on 10/8, will bypass Sandusky Station. Customers may board in Elyria (ELY) or Toledo (TOL). For further assistance, please call/text 1-800-USA-RAIL.
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- At the Columbus Avenue underpass, a train has derailed.
- How it occurred, whether anyone was hurt, or how many cars derailed are all unknown.
- While crews attend to the incident, Columbus Avenue is closed.
- There seems to be no power in the Columbus Avenue neighbourhood. The number of people without power is unknown.