SWANTON — A Norfolk Southern train partially derailed Thursday evening after it struck an SUV in the village of Swanton.
According to troopers of the Toledo post of the Ohio Highway Patrol, at 10:17 p.m., a train was westbound near Main Street, north of U.S. 20A, and struck a Chevy Tahoe left abandoned on the tracks. Thirteen train cars reportedly derailed from the tracks.
Three other parked vehicles were struck by debris after the initial crash. A derailed train car also struck a nearby garage.
Due to a leaking propane tank on the railroad, the immediate area was evacuated, troopers reported.
No injuries were reported in the crash.
The name of the SUV owner had not been released as of press time.
Due to a transformer being struck, residents in the area were without power as of 5:30 a.m. today.
Main Street, between Hallett and Munson streets, remain closed while crews tend to the derailed cars. Motorists are encouraged to avoid this area until the roadway can be opened up.
The Ohio Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Swanton Police Department, Swanton Fire/EMS, Ohio Department of Transportation and Toledo Edison.
This crash and its chain of events remain under investigation.