Breaking News: Train Derails In Lancaster

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Update: 11:24 a.m.

The Ohio Envirnomental Protection Agency is on the scene of a train derailment in Lancaster.

Fire Chief Dave Ward says the train derailed around 7:15 a.m. in a corn field off of Ety Road near Fair Avenue.

He says railroad crews working on a bridge over the Hocking River put "train derailers" on the track to alert an oncoming train that workers were on the bridge.

But, the conductor didn't see the flag associated with the safety mechanism on the track and did not stop in time.

Ward says the train then derailed and as it tipped over the fuel tank was punctured spilling 1,000 to 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel.

Ohio EPA workers are cleaning up the spill trying to prevent the diesel from getting into the nearby pond and river.

Ward says the clean-up will be a lengthy process.


Police in Lancaster say a train has derailed.

It happened on Ety Road near Fair Avenue.

Police say the train derailed around 7:15 a.m.

No other information is available at this time.

WOUB News will update this story as the information becomes available.