July 22, 2014

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Train derails in Spencer

SPENCER — A westbound train derailed at the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway switching station in Spencer on Wednesday, rupturing a fuel tank and closing off state Route 162 for most of the day.

Spencer Fire and Rescue Chief Scott Schmoll said a couple of cars came off the tracks at 9:40 a.m. just east of state Route 301, which also was closed for part of the day.

While there were no injuries, Schmoll said the fire department was called at about 10 a.m. when the second train engine’s fuel tank, which holds about 3,500 gallons, ruptured and started leaking diesel fuel.

“It was possibly weather-related, but I don’t know,” he said of the derailment. “We contained the fuel from leaking onto the ground as best we could. It was minimal compared to what it could’ve been.”

Within 15 minutes of the call, Schmoll said the leak was contained with tarps and other absorbent materials.

“The scene was turned over to the EPA to make sure that everything was cleaned up to their satisfaction,” he said. “PUCO and the rail company are looking into the cause of the accident.”

Contact Cassandra Shofar at (330) 721-4044 or cshofar@ohio.net.