A car struck the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad train as it passed through Springfield Township on Wednesday morning.
Springfield resident Michel Fowler and his nephew were driving northbound on Pressler Road when he drove into the side of the engine of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad train.
The train was traveling from Canton to Akron on its first morning trip at approximately 9:20 a.m. Wednesday, June 17.
The train blew its whistle and was in the intersection of Pressler Road when the vehicle struck the side of the train engine right at the fuel tank. Both of the occupants hit the windshield and the car bounced off the side of the tracks and off of the road.
The men refused the EMS transportation to the hospital. They were going to the emergency room on their own.
According to police officers on the scene, neither man was wearing a seat belt.
Passengers on the train were not injured and did not realize what had happened until the train was stopped. Pressler Road was blocked for approximately two hours while the State Highway Patrol sorted out the details and investigated the incident.
Passengers were transported back to the Canton station leaving the accident scene about 11:30 a.m.
CVSR Manager Bill Carney was on the scene and said he could not comment on this accident or the recent accident that happened a couple of weeks ago when a train hit a van in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Police said that CVSR was not at fault in this accident and that Fowler was cited for failure to yield.
Fowler refused comment.
The tracks from Akron to Canton are owned by RTA. The train travels on the weekends during the summer months and recently has added several runs on weekdays to its schedule.
Fowler told officers that he thought the train only ran on the weekends.
There are no lights or gates on the crossings however, yield signs are visible and technically vehicles are to slow down and make sure there are no trains.
“It is your duty as a pedestrian, bicyclist, motorcyclist or driver of a vehicle to slow down and look both ways, yielding to the trains,” stated Springfield Police Sergeant Denise Moore.