BRADNER, OH – Three CSX railroad employees were injured at a rail crossing just south of Bradner, OH on October 28, when a motorist drove around construction barriers and hit a utility pole and then ran into the workers. Bradner is located in Wood County, Ohio in the northeastern part of the state about 30.4 miles southeast of Toledo.
The accident happened around 11:18 a.m. at the Bradner Road rail crossing about 1/10th of a mile south of Bradner, OH. when a motorist ignored construction barriers, by driving around them and then ran into the railroad workers and a maintenance truck.
The motorist was identified as Cory R. Rickard, 26 years old from Woodville, OH, about 12 miles northeast of the site of the accident.
The CSX railroad workers who were injured were identified as Jim Conley, 58 years old, from Findlay, OH, Luis Knott III, 58 years old, from Banner, KY and Paul Castle, 34 years old, from Paintsville, KY.
Knott, Conley and Rickard were taken to Wood County Hospital about 14.8 miles awy in Bowling Green, OH. Castle was airlifted to Mercy St. Vincent Memorial Hospital in Toledo where he was reported to be in critical condition.
There are no details as to the extent of Knott’s and Conley’s injuries, but Rickard’s injuries were reported to be minor.
The accident is currently under investigation.
Blog post by Gordon, Elias & Seely, a FELA lawyer and Ohio railroad injury lawyer who publishes train accidents and FELA legal news from across the United States.