Norfolk Southern Train Derails in North Carolina

A Norfolk Southern train derailed in North Carolina on Saturday morning, following a fatal crash in Ohio earlier this month.

Saturday’s derailment, in Lexington, North Carolina, occurred on a 132-car freight train. Norfolk Southern said only one of those vehicles derailed and as of Saturday afternoon, there were no reports of hazardous materials.

A spokesman for Norfolk Southern told The Daily Beast that the incident happened when “true set of wheels” on a car derailed and the entire vehicle had not yet left the tracks. As of Saturday afternoon, the contents of the train’s cargo had not been revealed.

“There have been no reports of dangerous or dangerous situations to the public. Our crew is safe and additional staff are on their way to start cleaning up. We appreciate the patience and concern of the public near this area during the cleanup process,” a spokesperson told Fox News.

According to a warning from Amtrak, the derailment has resulted in delays on passenger trains.

On February 3, a Norfolk Southern train derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, leading to a major chemical fire and perpetuating concerns about environmental damage. The derailment prompted new scrutiny of rail companies like Norfolk Southern, which lobbied months ago to avoid a rail workers strike. Those workers have threatened to go on strike over what they describe as unsustainable ways of working, such as a lack of sick days.

Trains derail about 1,000 times a year in the US, but rarely lead to chemical leaks like in East Palestine, the Washington Post report.

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