NS Crew Members Injured in Derailment

Two Norfolk Southern crew members were injured after their train derailed after striking a construction vehicle at a grade cross in Harmar Township in the Pittsburgh region on Thursday afternoon.

News reports indicated that 17 cars derailed, and a railroad bridge was damaged. The bridge spans a tributary of the Allegheny River and some freight cars landed in the water.

One of the train’s locomotives landed on its side and at least one tank car leaking its contents. Officials said later that the leak had been contained.

Also injured was the driver of the truck. No details were immediately released on the condition of the injured but one news report described them as minor.

An NS spokesman said the eastbound train struck a dump truck carrying stone.

An online report indicated that the train was the 38G and the derailment occurred on the Conemaugh Line. The derailment also broke a water line owned by the Harmar Water Authority.

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