Semi struck by train in Hardin County

A semi truck driver sustained only minor injuries in a fiery crash with a train Wednesday afternoon that occurred north of Dunkirk.


A semi truck continues to smoke following a collision with a train Wednesday afternoon on U.S. 68 north of Dunkirk. (KENTON TIMES PHOTO | DAN ROBINSON)

Troopers of the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol report Clarence Jewett Jr., 57, of Galloway, failed to yield to the railroad crossing signals on U.S. Route 68 about 1:45 p.m. and was struck by a southbound CSX train operated by engineer Jason Eiland, 43, and conductor Daniel Pierce, 30.

Upon impact, the train pushed the semi more than 800 feet down the tracks as the truck caught fire. The burning semi caused damage to the locomotive, but Mr. Jewett climbed from the cab.

Mr. Eiland and Mr. Pierce reported no injuries, but a railroad worker, Rachel Jones, 42, said she was injured while she was performing maintenance along the track. Ms. Jones and Mr. Jewett were treated at the scene and were not transported to a medical facility.

Mr. Jewett was cited for failing to yield at an active rail grade signal.

Also assisting at the scene were the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, Hardin Northern EMS, Dunkirk Fire Department, CSX, CSX Police, Hardin County EMA, ODOT and Osborn’s Towing.