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Delta Woman Convicted of 2 Charges Stemming From June Derailment of Norfolk Southern Train in Swanton

September 25, 2019

Am Ohio woman has been convicted in a criminal case stemming from a June 6 derailment of a Norfolk Southern train in Swanton, Ohio.

Logan Guess, 26, of Delta, pleaded no contest this week to two charges in Fulton County Common Pleas Court.

Authorities said Guess left a vehicle on the Chicago Line tracks next to the Main Street crossing.

A westbound NS container train struck the vehicle, drug it a short distance and derailed after the SUV became snagged in a switch.

Damage from the derailment had both mainlines blocked for more than 24 hours.

Guess was convicted of interference with the operation of a train, a fourth-degree felony, and operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a first-degree misdemeanor.

She will be sentenced in six to eight weeks after court officials complete a pre-sentence investigation. Guess will remain out on her own recognizance until sentencing.

No serious injuries resulted from the derailment, which NS said caused nearly $1.4 million in damage.

No hazardous materials were involved in the derailment and none of the spilled containers struck an occupied building.

Little Info Still About Driver Who Triggered Derailment

June 10, 2019

As Norfolk Southern returns to normal operations following a derailment last Thursday in Swanton, Ohio, on its busy Chicago Line, authorities continue to investigate what contributed to the derailment.

Authorities have not identified the driver of a vehicle left on the tracks that was struck by a westbound stack train which triggered the derailment.

Police have not said if the owner of the vehicle was the driver who left the vehicle on the tracks and fled the scene and have said little about the circumstances of how the vehicle got onto the tracks.

No injuries were reported in the derailment, which sent two locomotives and 14 cars off the rails.

One track was reopened early Saturday morning and the second track opened late Saturday morning.

NS Reopens Chicago Line at Swanton

June 8, 2019

Traffic was reported moving on the Chicago Line of Norfolk Southern early Saturday morning in Swanton, Ohio, where a derailment late Thursday night blocked both mainline tracks and disrupted Amtrak operations.

An online report indicated that an eastbound train was coming into Swanton just before 4 a.m. as workers continued work to reopen both tracks through the town 20 miles southwest of Toledo.

The Blade of Toledo reported that NS expected to resume operations on one track late Friday and on the main by Saturday morning.

The derailment occurred about 10:15 p.m. when westbound stack train 25Z struck a vehicle on the tracks near the Main Street crossing. Two locomotives and 14 intermodal rail cars derailed.

There were no injuries resulting from the derailment although some rail cars came perilously close to hitting nearby homes.

The vehicle was unoccupied at the time of the collision and its driver fled the scene.

NS said that 12 of the derailed cars were carrying empty shipping containers while others had containers of , and two of the cars contained consumer products.

No hazardous materials were involved in the derailment. However, a fire broke out after a propane tank used for a switch heater ruptured.

Some NS trains were rerouted following the derailment. Online reports indicated that at least four trains detoured via Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Bellevue on the former Nickel Plate Road mainline.

Train 24N diverged onto the former Wabash at Butler, Indiana, and reached Toledo via Detroit.

At least one train diverged onto CSX at Berea and at least one intermodal train was to operate today on CSX between Buffalo, New York, to Chicago.

The train involved in the derailment had originated at Elizabeth, New Jersey, and was en route to Chicago.

The Blade reported that police are still investigating why the vehicle was on the tracks before the collision.

The derailment destroyed some utility poles, which knocked out power to more than 3,000 people. It was restored Friday morning shortly before 9 a.m.

Workers clearing the wreckage piled the containers in rows and at an athletic field near Swanton High School.



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

June 7, 2019

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.