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Trucks detoured following train derailment

January 18, 2013
Morning Journal News

EAST LIVERPOOL - A train derailment Wednesday night near the S.H. Bell Company kept a railroad crossing closed for a couple hours, making it necessary to let trucks travel down neighborhood streets.

City officials said the wheels of two cars slipped from the track over the Pennsylvania line and they had to be repositioned with a crane.

Meanwhile, eight trucks were ready to leave the S.H. Bell plant but could not go across the crossing.

Mayor Jim Swoger said it was decided to let them travel down Michigan Avenue.

"We normally don't do that, but this was an emergency," Swoger said, adding that S.H. Bell employees were stationed at every block to monitor the trucks as they moved down Michigan and onto Putnam, where they exited onto Pennsylvania Avenue, one truck leading them out.

The entire operation of moving the trucks and repositioning the cars took about two hours. "It went very smooth," Swoger said.



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