A train collided with a plow truck on the tracks at Bailey Road in Cuyahoga Falls on Sunday evening.

Cuyahoga Falls police closed the road as crews cleared the scene of the wreck, which happened at 7:19 p.m. when a dump truck's blade became stuck in the tracks.

As a police dispatcher came across the air to let the train engineer know about the impending blockage, an officer parked a half-mile to the west at Water Works Family Aquatic Center radioed back to say a train was rolling toward the intersection about a block south of Front Street.

"There was no stopping at that point," said Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Walters, who arrived on scene about an hour after the collision.

 

Walters said no one was injured. But the road would be closed until an engineer from Pennsylvania could be summoned to get the train moving. Bearing the Union Pacific logo, one of the train's two front locomotives was heavily damaged and unable to build up enough pressure to release the brakes, Walters said.

A crane was on scene by 9 p.m. to begin moving the mangled metal. The train apparently spun the plow truck off the tracks, sending the cab and orange plow blade (which angled toward the sky) to one side of the tracks and the hopper, or bed, to the other side of the tracks.

With 13 inches of accumulation from a winter storm and lake effect snow on Sunday, the city of Cuyahoga Falls had dispatched 27 plow trucks to clear 500 miles of road by 9 p.m.

 

Reach Doug Livingston at dlivingston@thebeaconjournal.com.