Sandusky Derailment Snarls NS Chicago Line

An aerial view shows the NS Derailment on Columbus Avenue in Sandusky. (Photo by City of Sandusky)

No injuries were reported after a Saturday afternoon derailment of NS Train 310 in Sandusky that snarled traffic on the Chicago Line.

The derailment occurred on a bridge over Columbus Avenue and sent tank cars and debris to the street below.

News reports indicated that the derailed cars were carrying paraffin wax. Although some cars spilled some of their load, officials said that posed no hazardous materials threat.

The derailment, which occurred about 4 p.m, knocked down a power line, interrupting electrical service to about 1,300 customers.

Amtrak’s eastbound and westbound Lake Shore Limited and Capitol Limited were combined on Sunday morning in Toledo and Cleveland respectively to take a detour route via Bellevue over former Nickel Plate Road tracks.

The detour left the Chicago Line at Oak Harbor and rejoined it west of Vermilion.

Trains magazine reported the combined trains lost about two hours in each direction during the detour.

The magazine’s report said the runs of the Capitol Limited that were scheduled to depart Sunday were canceled in their entirety.

The Lake Shore Limited operated from Chicago to Toledo on Sunday night and Toledo to Chicago on Monday morning.

The segment of the Lake Shore between Toledo and New York was cancelled.

An Amtrak spokesman told Trains the cancellations were “based on what Norfolk Southern can accommodate” on the detour route.

The Sandusky Register reported Sunday night that workers were still clearing debris from Columbus Avenue.

An NS official told the Register that 20 of the 101 cars on the train derailed. Power to Sandusky residents and businesses that had been disrupted by the derailment had been restored by Sunday afternoon.

An online report indicated that Train 310 was crossing over when the derailment occurred.

NS traffic did not resume going through the area of the derailment until Sunday evening.

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