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Norfolk Southern Derailment

  : Wednesday March 1, 2000
A 122 car Norfolk Southern train derailed near Vandergrift on Monday February 28.
photo: PittsburghLIVE
The accident occurred at about 20:30 derailing 21 freight cars beside the bank of the Kiskiminetas River.

Four of the cars contained sulphur, but as they maintained their structural integrity there was no threat to the environment from leaks. Another tanker-car which was partially submerged in the river did not contain toxic material. It too remained intact.

The cause of the derailment is not known. Investigators are examining data recorders taken from the locomotives in a search for clues.

A clear up operation brought the line back into service after 36 hours. A number of the freight cars, too damaged to repair will be scrapped.

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Web sources:
Trains back on track after derailment
Tribune Review 01 Mar 2000


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