CSX Trains Collide Near Carey on Columbus Sub

Two CSX crew members were taken to a hospital for evaluation after two CSX trains collided early Monday on the Columbus Subdivision north of Carey, Ohio.

The crash occurred at 5:15 a.m. where the double track ends at a point known as Springs.

About 25 cars and one locomotive derailed with the locomotive spilling diesel fuel.

Most of the derailed cars contained fracking sand, but a car carrying trash bound for a landfill also spilled.

A report from the Wyandot County Sheriff’s office indicated that a northbound (railroad westbound) train ran past a stopping point and struck cars in a southbound (railroad eastbound) train.

A CSX statement said the carrier is investigating the derailment and declined to provide much detail, including whether both trains were moving at the time of the crash.

The sheriff’s report indicated that the locomotive engineer of the eastbound train said he tried to alert the westbound train that it was fouling the single track by flashing his engine’s lights, blowing his horn, and calling on the train radio.

The report said the locomotive engineer of the westbound train only remembered his engine rolling on its side after impact.

The rail line was expected to be blocked for about 24 hours while crews cleaned up the site.

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