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Last Wednesday, the eastern part of the University District awoke in the wee hours of the morning to the sound of crashing metal and the sight of flames shooting high into the night sky.

Seventeen cars of a 98-car train derailed on a curve near Dougherty & Dow Aves, just south of the Ohio State Fairgrounds. Three cars, carrying 90,000 gallons of ethyl alcohol, ruptured, caught fire, and exploded. The fire burned well into Wednesday afternoon. Luckily, nobody was seriously injured and no toxic materials released.

As yet, investigators have not determined a cause for the crash.

Above: View of the blaze from Big Four at E. 12th Ave., about a half mile north, at approximately 3 AM.

Below: Twisted and burned wreckage of one of the train cars in last week’s fiery derailment.

  • 18 July 2012
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