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Cleanup, investigation continue after Norfolk Southern train derailment in eastern Pennsylvania

Leif Greiss, The Morning Call on

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Investigations into the collision and derailment involving three Norfolk Southern trains in Lower Saucon Township in eastern Pennsylvania on Saturday morning were still ongoing Sunday, as was the cleanup of the fallout.

Members of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board were still onsite investigating as of early Sunday afternoon, according to the NTSB.

Norfolk Southern, which is responsible for the cleanup, has crews and contractors at the derailment site, ready to continue with site cleanup and begin work to restore the track once the NTSB investigation has been completed, according to a statement from the company.

The three-train collision and derailment occurred along Riverside Drive in around 7:15 a.m. Saturday.

NTSB’s preliminary investigation indicated an eastbound Norfolk Southern train struck another Norfolk Southern train that was stopped on the same track. The wreckage from the striking train spilled onto an adjacent track and was struck by a westbound Norfolk Southern train.

 

An unknown number of cars were derailed and two of the trains fell into the Lehigh River. No injuries to train crews or anyone else have been reported.

An unknown quantity of diesel fuel and a small quantity of polypropylene pellets also spilled into the Lehigh River as a result of the derailment. Containment booms were deployed, and according to Norfolk Southern, these booms will remain until until any residual sheen has been removed.

Riverside Drive remains closed while work continues.

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