May 27, 2016


Wellington rescue crews respond to rail emergencies

WELLINGTON — Wellington firefighters were called to two unrelated incidents involving CSX trains within 18 hours Tuesday night and Wednesday.

The first occurred about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday when fire broke out in a locomotive of a CSX freight train at the Webster Road crossing, according to Wellington Fire Chief Mike Weatherbee.

The fire was confined to the locomotive, whose boxcars stretched for about 1½ miles.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, and the train got under way after about an hour.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

No one was injured as a result of the fire, according to Weatherbee.

The second incident occurred between noon and 12:30 p.m. Wednesday when a westbound CSX train stopped on tracks crossing Barker Street, Weatherbee said.

“We were called out on a medical emergency for a CSX train, and took one of the crew members off the train,” Weatherbee said.

The crew member, who was not identified, apparently had taken ill, Weatherbee said.

The man was transported from the crossing to a nearby helicopter landing zone to be flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

The nature of the man’s illness or other information concerning the incident was unavailable.

Calls to a CSX spokeswoman were not returned.

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Steve Fogarty has been with the Chronicle-Telegram since 1978. He primarily covers North Ridgeville. He can be reached at 329-7146 or