(Dayton, Ohio – May 18, 2012)
The Environmental Protection Agency was called to the scene of a Dayton, OH accident Tuesday morning about 10:00 A.M. after the unwarned driver of an Evans Excavating & Landscaping dump truck had his vehicle struck by a CSX freight train at the dangerous, unguarded crossing of Stoney Hollow Road and CSX railroad tracks.
The train dragged the truck and its operator nearly 200 yards down the tracks, puncturing the fuel tanks and spreading at least 100 gallons of diesel fuel along the railroad right-of-way, resulting in the call for the EPA.
The Stoney Hollow Road/CSX intersection is “protected” only by passive railroad crossbuck signs, and lacks any automatic protective devices such as flashing lights, bells or crossing gates which could have prevented the accident, which marked the fifth collision and fifth injury at that particular crossing.
The truck was backing out of the Stoney Hollow Landfill when the collision occurred, resulting in the truck being “twisted and pushed down the tracks like it was tinfoil,” according to Dayton District Fire Chief James Rose.
The unidentified truck driver was transported to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, OH, where he was admitted with serious injuries.