No Injuries, But Long Delays in Train-Truck Crash

Amtrak’s westbound Capitol Limited races through Berea, Ohio, in suburban Cleveland just after sunrise on Wednesday. It was delayed more than four hours after hitting a truck in West Virginia on Tuesday.

No injuries were reported after Amtrak’s Chicago-bound Capitol Limited struck a dump truck on Monday afternoon in West Virginia.

The incident occurred about 5:35 p.m. at a crossing near Ranson, West Virginia, when the truck stalled on the CSX tracks at Charles Town Road and Luther Jones Road.

The train was carrying 108 passengers and crew members. The truck driver jumped before the collision and was not hurt but was shaken up.

Witnesses said the impact split the vehicle in half. “You heard the brakes pull, there was a loud screech, and then the train slowly came to a stop,” said passenger Michael Malloy said. “Then probably five minutes later, over the intercom we heard the train was going to be stopped.”

Lead P42DC No. 162 suffered severe damage in the collision and its fuel tanks were ruptured.

Officials at the scene were quickly able to contain the spill.

Railroad workers set the lead Amtrak locomotive aside and the train continued to Chicago with the trailing unit, No. 62, pulling.

No. 29 was delayed for four hours and was on the move by about 9:30 p.m.,

However, the train incurred additional delays, particularly while traveling on Norfolk Southern tracks west of Cleveland.

No. 29 arrived in Cleveland at 7:33 a.m. down 4 hour and 40 minutes.

But that ballooned to 7 hours and 40 minutes by the time it halted at Chicago Union Station at 4:25 p.m.

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