Train Derails In Williams County, Ohio (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

By Nathan France
By Peter Neumann
By Rachel Martin


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July 10, 2013 Updated Jan 13, 2014 at 12:28 PM EDT

BRYAN, Ohio (www.incnow.tv) – Ohio authorities blame severe storm winds for train derailment.

Dozens of Norfolk Southern container train cars derailed during a severe thunderstorm between Bryan and Edgerton, Ohio, around 1:30
Wednesday afternoon.

Ohio authorities say it was a container train with no passengers on board and it was not carrying any hazardous materials. They say a derailment like this happened in 2010, but it was a little more severe.

Williams County deputies say a mix of about 45 to 50 cars and containers blew off the track, but it wasn't determined whether that was the entire length of the train.

Police predict stormy weather probably played a factor.

"From what I briefly spoke with the crew, it was just a very significant wind that was blowing from the northwest. What they described to me, what they could see, was bending trees pretty much down, and then they felt the derailment or some of the cars overturning,” said Sheriff Steven Towns of Williams County.

An intersection near the train tracks was temporarily closed. Police say the only other damage were reports of fallen trees everywhere, including some blocking off roads. In fact, crews had to remove several trees from the train before they could begin removing the derailed box cars.

They predict clean up will take 24 to 36 hours.

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