Train strikes farm combine

A passing train struck a combine crossing a set of railroad tracks Tuesday morning in Bellevue.
Sandusky Register Staff
Oct 2, 2013

 

Philip Bischoff, 33, of Bellevue, was driving a 1989 John Deere combine north on Williams Road when, just south of U.S. 20, the combine crossed the tracks and was struck by a westbound Wheeling and Lake Erie train, Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Brian Gockstetter said. “It almost make it across the tracks,” Gockstetter said.

The combine and the train sustained minor damage, and no one was injured in the collision. The 12-car train traveled about 40 mph before it struck the combine. An engineer managed to stop the train as the last car made it over the crossing.

There are no crossing gates or flashers at the tracks, making it the driver’s responsibility to make sure there are no oncoming trains, Gockstetter said. Bischoff was cited for failure to yield at a railroad crossing