Trains collide in Fairfield, road to remain closed until evening

Trains collide in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD, Ohio (FOX19) - Multiple emergency crews responded after two trains collided in the northern Cincinnati suburbs early Tuesday, sending two crew members to a hospital, according to Norfolk Southern Railway and Butler County dispatchers.

Crews were summoned to Bobmeyer and North Gilmore roads in Fairfield about 1:30 a.m., dispatchers say.

Railroad officials told the city that North Gilmore Road is expected to remain closed until Tuesday evening.

Drivers are advised to avoid the area.

All Fairfield schools were delayed by two hours as a result, Fairfield police say.

A spokesman for the railway said in a statement two crew members were hurt.

“At approximately 1:33 a.m., Norfolk Southern Intermodal train 25A heading southbound ... collided into the rear of another Norfolk Southern train, number 143, derailing the rear three cars of train 143. Two crew members of 25A reported minor injuries. Both crew members of 25A have been taken by ambulance to a local hospital for examination,” wrote Norfolk spokesperson Rachel Bradshaw.

“The rear three cars of 143 contained one load of pulpwood and two loads of butane. No leaks and no fires have been reported. Norfolk Southern personnel and contractors that specialize in cleanup and recovery after a derailment are on-site working to safely rerail the cars and restore train operations.”

Bradshaw says the railroad anticipates operations will resume on the line Tuesday afternoon.

The cause of the collision remains under investigation.

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