Capitol Limited Delayed 6 Hours After Hitting Car that Ran Out of Gas on Crossing in Cleveland

Passengers aboard the eastbound Capitol Limited were delayed for about six hours on Monday morning after their train struck an unoccupied car at a grade crossing in Cleveland.

Cleveland Police said the car was sitting on the Norfolk Southern tracks in the 8200 block of Bessemer Avenue because it had run out of gasoline.

No. 30 struck the vehicle just after 2 a.m. The driver was able to get out of the car before it was struck by Amtrak P42DC No. 142.

A police report indicated that the driver told them t hat he was crossing the tracks when his vehicle stopped. He was able to get out the car before the train struck the car.

There were no injuries reported among the 262 aboard the train.

The lead Amtrak locomotive suffered unspecified damage and the train was moved away from the scene by an NS No. 9349, which continued to be the lead engine on the train east of Pittsburgh.

Some passengers took to Twitter to voice frustration about the lack of information provided them by Amtrak during the ordeal.

No. 30 finally left town about 8 a.m. for Alliance and Pittsburgh, its next scheduled station stops.


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