Derailment: 2 cars in freight train derail, block tracks; oncoming oil train stops in time

Repost from the Toledo Blade

2 cars in freight train derail east of Fostoria

BLADE STAFF, December 11, 2015

FOSTORIA — Two cars of a CSX Transportation freight train derailed Thursday east of Fostoria, blocking the busy tracks and several nearby road crossings for several hours.

The 202-car train was headed west from Willard, Ohio, toward Fostoria, where it was to turn toward Toledo, when its 102nd and 103rd cars jumped the rails about a mile east of Fostoria about 10 a.m., said Kristin Seay, a CSX spokesman.

Both of the derailed freight cars were empty, Ms. Seay said. One of the cars blocked the two-track main line’s second track, but an oncoming train reported by witnesses to be hauling crude oil on the second track stopped in time.

The train with the derailed cars blocked at least one rural Loudon Township road when it stopped, and the oil train’s rear end blocked Columbus Avenue in Fostoria for several hours before its track reopened and train traffic resumed on that track.