September 22, 2014

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Battery acid spills after train, truck crash in Vermilion

Norfolk Southern and other personnel examine the scene of a vehicle and train crash on Friday.  The train was shut down several hours after the accident as crews cleaned up. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

Norfolk Southern and other personnel examine the scene of a vehicle and train crash on Friday. The train was shut down several hours after the accident as crews cleaned up. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

VERMILION – A crash involving a train and a box truck caused spilled battery acid around Vermilion Road and left one man with minor injuries.

Around 11 a.m. Friday, a crash occurred between a box truck carrying batteries and a train on Vermilion Road, according to police. Police are still investigating what caused the crash but said that one man received minor injuries from the accident and was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center.

The crash spilled batteries and battery acid around Vermilion Road, causing officers to shut down Vermilion Road, Grand Street and Adams Street while it was cleaned up.

The cleanup was being finished around 2 p.m. on Friday.

Police are still investigating the accident.


  • oldruss

    Who was the driver of the box truck carrying the batteries that spilled? For whom, if anyone, was he working at the time?

    One has to assume that the Norfolk Southern train had the right-of-way at the crossing, and that it was, in fact, the driver of the truck who failed to stop for the train and was the proximate cause of the spillage. The driver of the truck and his employer should be billed for the cost of the clean-up.

    • Phil Blank

      Could have been a contract crew changing out the backup batteries for a cell phone tower site or a Telecom substation, if so, they are bonded.
      For auto and truck battery recyclers, I don’t know?

  • Phil Blank

    Again, did he run the crossing gates?
    Isn’t this where they wanted the trsin horns not to blow?