NS to Finish Track Cleanup by Early June

Norfolk Southern expects to reopen Track 2 in East Palestine by early June. NS CEO Alan Shaw made the announcement at an investors conference this week.

Trains magazine reported on its website that Shaw told the conference that the Atlanta-based Class 1 carrier has thus far distributed $34.5 million to area schools, businesses, and families as part of its recovery efforts from a Feb. 3 derailment that spilled hazardous substances and forced hundreds to evacuate their homes for several days.

NS closed both main tracks at the derailment site on a rotating basis to remove contaminated soil and ballast. Work has already been completed on Track 1.

Shaw said NS and contract workers have removed more than 40,000 tons of soil along with 17,000 gallons of contaminated water.

The derailment site is on the busy Fort Wayne, which is a key NS route between Chicago and the East Coast.

The story can be read at https://www.trains.com/trn/news-reviews/news-wire/norfolk-southern-is-on-pace-to-restore-east-palestine-main-line-in-early-june/

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