Police were dispatched to the crossing near the intersection of East Water Street near Sycamore Street in reference to the railroad crossing bars contacting the top of Chillicothe City School bus.
Officers arrived on scene and contacted the driver of the bus, who stated she had stopped behind the painted stop block to look and listen for a train. When she verified there was no train, she proceeded up to the tracks when she said the lights began to flash and the bells began to sound. She stated the cross bars began to come down at which time the bar on the West side of the tracks hit the top of the bus.
The driver immediately stopped the bus once she saw the lights and heard the bells and began backing. As she began backing she saw a student get off of the bus through the rear door. She said she told him to sit down however he did not listen. The driver believes there were other children that exited the door as well.
The train proceeded southbound on the tracks and there was no damage to the bus nor was there any damage on the crossing bar. She stated none of the children were injured either.
Officers contacted Norfolk and Southern, who stated the train speed determines when the lights, bells, and crossing bars activate. He stated the train approaching the intersection was in a 50 miles per hour zone and had to slow down prior to entering the city. He estimated the train speed to be around 30 miles per hour when it entered the city zone and the lights and bells were activated over 2,000 feet away from the intersection.
He stated there is a blind curve at the intersection in which the train may not be visible due to trees blocking a curved section of the tracks just North of the intersection.