Another Norfolk Southern Train Has Derailed 20 Miles from East Palestine

An Associated Press report says at least some of the cars that derailed contained paraffin wax and soybeans.

click to enlarge A Norfolk Southern EMD SD60E rebuilt locomotive. - Photo: 4300streetcar/Wikimedia Commons
Photo: 4300streetcar/Wikimedia Commons
A Norfolk Southern EMD SD60E rebuilt locomotive.
Another Norfolk Southern train has derailed about 20 miles northeast of East Palestine in New Castle, Pennsylvania, the Associated Press has reported.

According to the AP, nine railcars from a Norfolk Southern freight train derailed late in the night on May 10, with no hazardous chemicals on board and no reported injuries.

The report says at least some of the cars that derailed contained paraffin wax and soybeans. The paraffin wax is used to make candles.

Representatives from Norfolk Southern have not returned CityBeat’s request for comment as of press time.

The latest derailment comes after a Norfolk Southern train derailed in East Palestine, a small Eastern Ohio village near the Pennsylvania border, on Feb. 3. The derailment ignited a chain of events that ended in a controlled burn of the train’s toxic load of chemicals, mainly vinyl chloride, and released numerous chemicals into nearby waterways.
The plume of thick black smoke soared above homes and waterways, painting a dark picture for the weeks to come. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) quickly took over managing the cleanup from Norfolk Southern, promising to hold the multi-billion-dollar rail giant accountable for the disaster, but surveys have suggested most Americans don’t believe the government has handled the fallout in East Palestine to this day.

Cincinnati voters are being asked to approve a sale of the city’s multi-state Cincinnati Southern Railway to Norfolk Southern, potentially this November.
Voters have raised concerns about future safety if the city relinquishes control of its railway to a company that has lobbied against safety regulations that some believe ultimately caused the fiery explosion in East Palestine.

Currently, the city receives $25 million annually to lease the railway to Norfolk Southern. Under the proposed sale, the city would receive $1.6 billion, which would be fed into a trust fund known as the "Building Our Future" trust fund. Mayor Aftab Pureval has said the deal with Norfolk Southern is crucial to fund the more than $385 million in capital needs facing the city.

Sale or no sale, the company still has the option to renew its lease with the city to continue using the Cincinnati Southern Railway for the next 25 years.

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