Train Derails Over Sandusky Bay; High Winds To Blame

Authorities say a train has derailed on a bridge over northern Ohio's Sandusky Bay, sending as many as four freight cars into the water below.

Ottawa County Sheriff Robert Bratton says one freight car known to be carrying hazardous materials has not been accounted for and may be among those in the bay. He did not have further information on the car's load. He says there are no reports of injuries.

The derailment occurred around 4:15 a.m. Wednesday. Bratton says authorities are assuming the train cars were blown off the bridge by high winds. The National Weather Service says gusts of more than 50 miles per hour were recorded across northern Ohio overnight.

The rail bridge runs between the Sandusky area in Erie County and the Ottawa County peninsula that includes Port Clinton.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.