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Railroad spike crashes Bearcat fan's night out at the game

By Kimberly Holmes – bio | email

WILLIAMSBURG, OH (FOX19)  - Ed Boll, Jr. is trying to see the best in the situation.

"I would hope," Boll said. "It'd be a very freak accident."

The Williamsburg man is talking about the fact that after University of Cincinnati football team's disappointing loss on Saturday, Boll found that someone or something had cracked the windshield of his truck.

The 54-year-old said he's thankful no one was hurt, but hopes something is done soon to ensure that remains the case. Boll believes a spike caused the damage; one that could have fallen from the railroad tracks above where his car was parked.

On Saturday, Boll parked in the Longworth Hall lot off Pete Rose Way, under the former Chesapeake and Ohio railroad bridge. Boll was headed to the UC game against Oklahoma at Paul Brown Stadium.

Boll said he parked, attended the game, and hours later, he returned to his truck with family members. Boll got in on the passenger side, but said he and his wife didn't even make it out the parking lot before they spotted the problem.

"I kept picking slews of glass," said Boll. "Off that seat there. What in the world? What did my wife break? I was hollering over to her. And then I happen to look up and saw that crack."

The crack on the passenger side of the windshield caused Boll to crack a little.

"I said a couple of curse words," Boll laughed.

He said he first thought someone had thrown something at his truck.

Family and friends combed the area for clues, and minutes later he found the six inch metal spike inches away from the truck.

He and his wife took some pictures of the truck and the spike. This week, Boll did some digging. He discovered that this wasn't an isolated case. In the last few weeks, there have been several reports of spikes falling to the ground from the tracks near the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge.

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown also weighed in on the issue. He wrote a letter to the CEO of CSX, demanding the company fix the issue.

"I think we got their attention," said Sen. Sherrod Brown. "I think they're going to be moving, and it needs to be quickly before somebody is really hurt by an accident coming from CSX negligence."

On Thursday night, CSX spokesperson Carla Groleau emailed us this statement:

"Safety is our first priority at CSX. We take very seriously the responsibilities to our employees, customers and communities to safely operate our trains and maintain our infrastructure. We are changing out the rail along the bridge in Cincinnati. Work began this summer and is ongoing. We apologize for the incident. We have made contact with the community member and are working directly with him on his claim to ensure that he is reimbursed for any damages."

Both Longworth Hall and CSX officials have called and spoken with Boll. Boll said both have offered to repair his windshield.

 


 

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