Train hits semi trailer in EL
EAST LIVERPOOL — A semi trailer was demolished by a train near the Broadway Wharf in East Liverpool Tuesday, prompting a clean up by hazmat teams.
City Police Chief John Lane said no one was injured in the low speed collision that happened at about 2 p.m.
According to Fire Chief Bill Jones, the semi truck was crossing the tracks at the Broadway Wharf intersection near River Road when a southbound train struck the trailer just behind the double wheels. He estimates the train was traveling about 35 mph.
“He couldn’t have hit it at a better spot,” Jones said, adding the impact severed the trailer about 10 feet behind the cab, destroying the trailer but leaving the truck’s driver unharmed.
However, the destroyed trailer began spilling a chemical material used for making welding rods. Jones said the materials in the truck were a compound of five different products and considered hazardous to the environment.
The East Liverpool Fire Department, including the East Liverpool Hazmat team, had eight members at the scene and another four at the station. The railroad also called in contractors that clean up hazardous spills. There were concerns the materials could end up in the nearby Ohio River where they would be hazardous to fish.
The train had 125 cars, but did not derail.