Delta woman indicted for train derailment


Staff Report



An overhead shot shows the extend of damage caused by the June 6 train derailment in Swanton.

An overhead shot shows the extend of damage caused by the June 6 train derailment in Swanton.


Photo by Anthony Wright

A Delta woman has been indicted by the Fulton County Grand Jury on charges related to the June 6 train derailment in Swanton.

Logan P. Guess, 25, of Delta was indicted on one count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and one count of interference with the operation of a train. On or about June 6, she allegedly operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. She also allegedly disrupted the operation of a train while it was on the railroad track, causing serious physical harm to property.

A westbound train struck a Chevy Tahoe that had been abandoned on the tracks just west of Main Street. The collision caused two locomotives and 14 intermodal rail cars to derail between Main Street and Munson Road.

There were no injuries reported and nearby homes escaped damage as the rail cars narrowly missed some buildings. A propane leak following the derailment lead to an evacuation and the crash caused an electrical outage for over 4,000 customers, leaving Swanton pitch black.

Clean up continues still with parking lots for Wells Apartments and Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church on Dodge Street unusable.

The Grand Jury also considered indictments charging other individuals with crimes.

Andrew J. Moll, 35, of Swanton was indicted on one count of possession of cocaine and one count of aggravated possession of drugs. On or about June 17, 2019, he allegedly possessed cocaine and oxycodone.

Joseph T. Cox, 38, of Swanton was indicted on two counts of violating a protection order, one count of burglary, and one count of trespass in a habitation when a person is present or likely to be present. On or about June 20, 2019, he allegedly violated the terms of a protection order and trespassed in an occupied structure when any person was present or likely to be present and with purpose to commit a criminal offense.

Dustin L. Bush, 31, of West Unity was indicted on one count of escape, two counts of aggravated possession of drugs, one count of receiving stolen property, one count of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, two counts of breaking and entering, two counts of grand theft of a motor vehicle, and one count of theft from a person in a protected class. On or about July 9, 2019, he allegedly fled from a police officer while under detention for committing a felony, possessed methamphetamine and hydrocodone bitartrate, and received property knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that it had been stolen. He also allegedly transported a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, trespassed in two unoccupied structures with purpose to commit a theft offense, and stole two motor vehicles.

An indictment is merely an accusation, and all criminal defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

An overhead shot shows the extend of damage caused by the June 6 train derailment in Swanton.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/07/web1_Derailment-drone-photo1.jpgAn overhead shot shows the extend of damage caused by the June 6 train derailment in Swanton. Photo by Anthony Wright

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