Crazy train leaves fires in its wake

(UPDATED WITH VIDEO) A troublesome train shooting sparks from its wheels caused a series of field fires - and one structure fire - along a stretch of railroad tracks in Sandusky County, firefighters said.
Emil Whitis
Nov 14, 2011

(UPDATED WITH VIDEO) A troublesome train shooting sparks from its wheels caused a series of field fires — and one structure fire — along a stretch of railroad tracks in Sandusky County, firefighters said.

Crews from six fire departments began battling the blazes at about 3 p.m. Friday, just after the train tore through the area. The trouble was limited mostly to field fires, but at least one farmer's building caught fire and burned to the ground.

“As far as we can tell it was caused by a train engine,” Kansas fire Capt. Jim Reinhart said. “It’s gonna be mostly crop damage, but we don’t have any estimates right now.”

To read what farmer Don Michaels had to say about his building burning down, pick up Saturday's Register.

Comments

Unassumer

Always loved being on the crazy train.  Wish I could shoot out some sparks!  Happy 11/12.

007

Was OZZIE OSBORNE driving the CRAZY TRAIN?

gilamonster

Who and what's to blame

I am going off the rails on a crazy train........

 

OMG.LOL.WT_

 More likely caused by bad wheels, not engine.

peterspehn50

 good

OMGreally

Most likely the brakes were on one of the cars or one of the cars had an air leak that allowed the piston to come out and go into emergency....thus dragging the wheel and sparking...a rolling wheel is probably not going to spark and start a fire and is rare for something to go that wrong on a locomotive and cause it to spark and still be operating...

gilamonster
Yes, but its more awesome to see engines blow flames out from excess fuel in the exhaust or a turbo failure/malfunction.