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Train Derails on W&LE in Kent

June 20, 2016

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On Sunday morning at about 8 a.m. in Kent the Akron Barberton Cluster local derailed at the switch from the Wheeling & Lake Erie onto the former Erie, resulting in three grain cars on the ground.

The train is about eight or nine cars long with the three derailed are right in the middle.  From the looks of it the train derailed on the switch.

Several W&LE management types were on the scene, but they didn’t know if wreckers will come from Brewster or from a private contractor.

The grain cars seemed to snap off their trucks. I enclosed a few picture.  They were all I could get before I was remonstrated with by the crews.

Article and Photographs by Bruce Dzeda

W&LE Derailment Forces Evacuation in Brewster

February 2, 2016

No injuries were reported, but 300 to 500 were evacuated from their homes as a precaution after a Wheeling & Lake Erie train carrying butane derailed and caught fire in Brewster on Monday afternoon.

The residents were sent to Fairless High School following the 5:30 p.m. accident near 100 First Street N.W. in the W&LE yard.

W&LE logo 2Two freight cars, one carrying butane, caught fire and officials ordered the evacuation of a quarter-mile area due to the threat of fumes and explosion.

The resident were later allowed to return to their homes and Brewster police said the derailment no longer presented a serious threat. The cause of the derailment remains under investigation.

Police went door-to-door ordering the evacuation, starting at about 6 p.m.

“When we went down our street, it seemed kind of calm, only one ambulance and cruiser,” said resident Misty Speiker to news media.  “And then within five minutes the whole street was lit up red and blue and they were asking us to be out in 20-30 minutes.”

Officials said that four tank cars derailed and that smoke and flames were visible.

“Initially, it was a burst of fire with a plume of smoke,” said Brewster assistant fire chief Jennifer Mohler. “After that, there was a small, spirally smoke and then not much.”

The fire had been extinguished by 7:30 p.m., but firefighter remained at the scene until 9 p.m.

Mohler said that dozens of tank cars are stored in the yard, some of them empty, but others loaded.

The cafeteria of the high school offered water, chips and coffee.

Police said about a dozen people went to the high school. Others remained in the area, went to a nearby motel, or stayed with other family or friends.