SANDUSKY, Ohio — On Saturday afternoon, a train derailed in Sandusky, which led to the closure of a major thoroughfare in the city and the loss of power for residents in the surrounding area. Near approximately four in the afternoon, a Norfolk Southern train derailed at the Columbus Avenue overpass.
According to the Twitter page for the City of Sandusky, both Columbus Avenue and the Campbell Street rail crossing were need to be closed as a result of the incident.
There have been no reports of anyone being hurt as a result of the incident. Several rail cars can be seen strewn over the road and over the overpass in the shot that was taken at the scene of the accident.
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According to a spokeswoman for Norfolk Southern, the train consisted of a total of 101 cars, and a preliminary count found that about 10 of those cars had derailed. According to Norfolk Southern, the train was transporting paraffin wax, which is not hazardous to human health.
⚠️Due to a train derailment, the Columbus Ave underpass is currently closed. Please avoid the area. ⚠️
📷 : @sanduskyregistr pic.twitter.com/8NEOYAhAXI
— City of Sandusky (@cityofsandusky) October 8, 2022
The city reports that there was a wax leak, but that the substance has subsequently solidified and no longer poses a threat. The wrecked train was travelling on a key east-west rail line carrying both freight and passenger trains when it derailed on that line. Throughout the evening on Saturday, Amtrak announced that several of its trains would be experiencing delays and would be rerouted owing to the incident that occurred earlier in the day.
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