A clean-up effort is underway after a train derailment in downtown Akron.
Akron Police tell News Channel 5 that the collision forced three train cars into a nearby parking lot at Quaker Square.
According to police, a CSX train traveling about 20 miles per hour rear-ended a stationary train at about 1:30 Thursday morning. Both of the trains were empty at the time of the collision.
A section of the parking is expected to be closed off until the trains are removed.
No one was injured.
Lock 3 in downtown Akron is kicking off its 10th anniversary tonight.
Deputy Mayor Dave Lieberth says it has become an important regional entertainment destination.
"We opened in 2003 and we had 30,000 people come to concerts," said Lieberth. "Last year, 200,000 (people). We've served 1.6-million people in the nine seasons that we've had."
This year's concert lineup has similarities to previous years - regional and national bands, mainly cover bands for a variety of genres and eras. Lieberth says there's a call for more country music, so Roseanne Cash and Band accepted an invitation to Akron. Lieberth says there will also be more attention paid this year to local bands - something that surfaced in a recent survey.
"People will be able to vote on their favorite local band," said Lieberth.
A sponsor is offering prize money for the top band and several runners up.
Lock 3 is also home to the Rib, White and Blue Festival, National Hamburger Festival as well as local Italian and Irish festivals, among other events.
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A local artistic vision along with the help of young students are turning empty store front windows into artwork.
Local artist Mark Soppeland began installing the elements for his Downtown Akron window display titled "Visions of Innovation and Invention."
"I'm hoping it inspires people," said Soppeland.
His favorite pieces of artwork in his display are the ones made by children because he believes it offers a unique perspective and inspires others to achieve the best they can. Soppeland says it took hundreds of hours to complete all of the artwork that will be placed in the windows.
Soppeland's display will be featured on Main Street near the Akron Civic Theatre at First Night Akron along with additional interactive window displays created by local artist Julie Hogarth.
In one of the displays, residents can interact with the artwork by taking pictures using their phones and finding a hidden message related to the history of Akron.
The project was put in place to beautify the downtown Akron neighborhood through artwork and the creativity of the community.
The three displays have been created in collaboration with Akron Public Schools After School Program, The National Inventor's Hall of Fame School Center for STEM Learning, community members and the Downtown Akron Partnership.
The 16th Annual First Night Akron will take place Saturday, December 31 from 6 p.m. to midnight.
More information can be found at www.firstnightakron.org.
The re-opening of the Mill Street Bridge could be a sign of future growth at The University of Akron.
The bridge connects the north end of the main part of the campus toward downtown Akron, specifically Quaker Square, which is now owned by the university.
The university's expansion efforts have mainly focused on moving toward downtown, but mainly from the southern and central parts of the campus. Now that the bridge is open, is the university eyeing further expansion toward the northwest?
"It's logical that we grow to the north and to the west," said UA Vice President, Capital Planning and Facilities Management Ted Curtis. "We look forward to that and this bridge is very significant in helping that growth happen."
The bridge has been closed for two years for a complete overhaul.
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