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From: "jdent1 AT optonline DOT net" jdent1 AT optonline DOT net
Date: Fri, 26 Apr 2002 11:43:46 -0400
Subject: Deshler, OH
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More on the Deshler, OH derailment from the Toledo, OH, Blade...

Deshler derailment cuts communications

Crews remove debris near where a coal car hit the town=92s former passenger depot.

DESHLER, Ohio - Fourteen cars of a 100-car CSX coal train derailed in the middle of town yesterday, blocking a busy main
railroad line and disrupting local street traffic for a time. No one was hurt.

At least one of the wayward coal cars hit the town=92s former passenger depot, which local preservationists have been try
ing to acquire from CSX and restore.

Robert Sullivan, a CSX spokesman, said initial reports did not indicate substantial damage to the building.

The accident severed a WorldCom telecommunications cable buried along the tracks, and a second cable was damaged during t
he cleanup.

WorldCom spokeswoman Linda Laughlin said long-distance telephone and Internet services were disrupted over a wide area of
northwest Ohio until repairs were made.

The westbound train, en route from Columbus to the Chicago area, derailed about 6:20 a.m., Mr. Sullivan said. The cars th
at derailed were the 71st through 84th in the train.

The cause of the accident was under investigation yesterday, Mr. Sullivan said.

The derailment occurred within a junction at which a CSX line between Willard, Ohio, and Chicago intersects with a line b
etween Toledo and Cincinnati. The Willard-Chicago line is used by 60 or more trains a day, and some of those trains were
rerouted via Toledo yesterday.

Mr. Sullivan said CSX hoped to have one of two main tracks reopened by early today. The Toledo-Cincinnati track reopened
once the rear cars of the derailed train were towed out of the way.

Sandra Shaffer, Deshler=92s postmaster and wife of Bill Shaffer, president of the Bartlow Township Historical Society, sa
id one of the coal cars hit the southwest corner of the depot, but the extent of damage couldn=92t be ascertained.

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