NS 25Z Derails in Swanton, Shutting Down the Chicago Line, Bringing Amtrak Trains to a Halt

Norfolk Southern container train 25Z derailed Thursday night after it struck a car abandoned on a crossing in Swanton, Ohio.

No injuries were reported, but the collision sent the car into a propane tank for a switch heater.

Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited and Capitol Limited were halted and shown on the Amtrak website as having a service disruption.

At 6 a.m. on Friday the Amtrak Track Your Train map showed Nos. 30 and 49 stopped in Bryan while Nos. 29 and 49 were in Toledo.

Online reports indicated that Amtrak would be operating a bus bridge.

A news media report quoted Swanton fire chief Mike Wolever as saying that a vehicle being driven by a female turned onto the tracks and stopped in the middle. The derailment was reported at 10:15 p.m.

Wolever said he believes that the same vehicle had hit a power pole, knocking out a transformer before it stopped on the tracks.

An online report said the vehicle was a Tahoe and the driver was a 25-year-old woman.

Fifteen of the cars on the train derailed with one hitting a nearby detached garage.

Ohio Edison said more than 1,800 homes in Swanton and more than 3,000 in Fulton County were without power.

Residents of the Arrowhead mobile home park were under a water boil advisory until samples are collected and deemed safe. The water system may have depressurized.

The derailment was reported to have occurred within the CP 307 interlocking.

Some nearby residents were evacuated for a time because a propane tank at the scene was venting.

The Toledo Blade reported that initial reports were that the passengers in the motor vehicle struck by the train left the scene before authorities arrived.

Swanton is 20 miles southwest of Toledo. Some Toledo fire department personnel were dispatched to the derailment scene to assist local emergency workers.

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