Galion man indicted for role in train crash
Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, today announced that a federal grand jury in Cleveland returned a one-count indictment charging Michael Lee Mullins, age 36, of Galion, Ohio, with wrecking and disabling on-track equipment, that being a locomotive owned and operated CSX Transportation, Inc., a railroad carrier engaged in interstate commerce.
The indictment charges that the offense occurred on July 20, 2012. Earlier, the defendant was charged by criminal complaint, which charged that on July 20th, in the early morning hours, the defendant took a backhoe that belonged to CSX Transportation, Inc. and parked it on a railroad track. Later in the day, a CSX Transportation freight train hit the backhoe causing extensive damage to the backhoe, damage to the locomotive, and damage to the tracks. Other freight trains were delayed for several hours while the damage was repaired.
If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. The sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.
The matter was investigated by the Galion Police Department, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, the CSX Railroad Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Mansfield Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert E. Bulford.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.