Sunday, August 4, 2019

Why vehicles on railroad tracks don't mix well...

In June this was the result of a vehicle being abandoned on the Norfolk Southern Chicago double mainline in Swanton, Ohio.

An intermodal westbound train derailed around 10:20pm on Thursday night, June 6th after striking an abandoned vehicle on the tracks.  Miraculously no one was killed or even injured in this accident but nearby buildings and parked vehicles were damaged from flying debris and rocks for the railroad track.

It took Norfolk Southern crews until Saturday morning to restore railroad traffic.  Meanwhile Amtrak trains were also affected and unable to run through this area.

According to a WTOL ABC news article, Logan Guess has been indicted by a Fulton County Ohio grand jury on two counts.  She will answer trial for one count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, and another count of interference with the operation of a train, a felony. 

To view more images of the wreckage and read more detail visit the following links.

Norfolk Southern railroad traffic has since been fully restored and all rail traffic is back to track speed.

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