Posts Tagged ‘NS derailment’

No Injuries in NS Derailment in North Lawrence

August 16, 2022

No injuries were reported when a Norfolk Southern train derailed Monday morning in North Lawrence on the Fort Wayne Line.

The derailment occurred after a truck hauling a crane struck the train at a grade crossing in the 3700 block of Manchester Avenue NW.

Authorities said 19 cars derailed, including two that landed in Newman Creek.

Although a Stark County hazardous materials team was called to the scene, no hazardous materials leaked from any of the derailed cars. NS said the cars that derailed were empty

Several roads in the vicinity of the derailment were closed but were expected to be reopened by Tuesday morning.

The derailment occurred about 7:45 a.m. on Monday. One news report quoted fire department officials as saying the truck may have been traveling too fast down a hill leading to the crossing.

Following the derailment, Ohio Route 93 was closed between Orrville Street NW and Youth Street NW to allow heavy machinery to reach the site and remove the wreckage.

Heather Snyder, 51, of North Lawrence, told The Repository of Canton that she heard the crash from her home in the 4500 block of Clermont Street NW.

“I was getting ready for work and I heard the loudest noise I’ve ever heard,” she said. “My son and I went to take pictures.There’s tankers in Newman Creek,” Snyder said in reference to tank cars in the train’s consist.

An online report said the train was the 171, which originates in Conway Yard near Pittsburgh and operates via Columbus and Cincinnati to Chattanooga, Tennessee (DeButts Yard). The truck was reported to have been traveling southward when it struck the train.

2 NS Crew Members Allege Negligence in Lawsuit Stemming From 2021 Derailment

August 13, 2022

Two Norfolk Southern crew members injured in a December 2021 derailment caused by a rockslide have filed suit against their employer.

The locomotive engineer and train conductor, identified respectively as Matthew Marchionda and conductor Edward Mansfield, content in the lawsuit that negligence by NS led to the accident.

The derailment was noteworthy because one of the locomotives involved was ES44AC No. 8099, the Southern Railway heritage unit, which turned over on its side.

Two locomotives and five cars were derailed in the accident, which occurred in Baldwin, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh.

The train was en route from Chicago to New Jersey and was traveling about 40 p.m. when it struck the rockslide.

The lawsuit said Mansfield suffered a head injury, concussion, other injuries, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Marchionda suffered a head injury, concussion, internal, and spinal injuries, the lawsuit said.

The suit argues NS was negligent because it failed to properly inspect the track or install protective fencing. Nor did it instruct crews to operate at a reduced speed because of dangerous conditions.

Derailed NS Cars Removed from Waterway

June 1, 2022

Workers finished on Sunday removing derailed rail cars from a creek in the Pittsburgh area that is a tributary of the Allegheny River.

The derailment occurred on May 26 after a Norfolk Southern train derailed after striking a loaded dump truck containing stone for a sewer plant.

Nine freight cars landed in Deer Creek in Harmar Township on the NS Connemaugh Line.

The cars leaked about 3,000 gallons of petroleum distillate, which prompted the U.S. Coast Guard to close a portion of the Allegheny River to boating during the Memorial Day weekend. Those restrictions have since been lifted.

Two NS crew members and the truck driver were treated at a local hospital following the derailment, which involved two locomotives and 17 rail cars.

Derailment Oil Spills Leads to River Closure

May 27, 2022

The U.S. Coast Guard has ordered closed to boating a portion of the Allegheny River near Pittsburgh after investigators found an oil spill from a Norfolk Southern derailment in the water.

The derailment occurred Thursday afternoon in Harmar Township on the Conemaugh Line.

It was caused by the train hitting a dump truck carrying stone for a sewage plant at a grade crossing.

Seventeen cars derailed with nine of them landing in Deer Creek, a tributary of the Allegheny. The derailment site is 100 yards from the Allegheny.

Also derailed were two of the train’s four locomotives. The train had 109 loaded cars and 116 empties.

A NS spokesman told reporters that investigators on Friday morning found leakage from a tank car. Two leaks discovered earlier that involved petroleum distillate were contained.

Workers were using floating booms in Deer Creek to prevent the spread of the leaking fluid.

The Coast Guard said the river will remain closed until the derailed cars are removed from the water.

Two NS crew members were treated at a hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening. An NS spokesman said the crew members have since been released from the hospital. The truck driver also was injured in the collision.

Workers are making repairs to the railroad’s bridge over Deer Creek, which was damaged during the derailment.

NS Crew Members Injured in Derailment

May 26, 2022

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.

No Injuries in NS Dayton District Derailment

May 15, 2022

A Norfolk Southern train that derailed late Thursday afternoon near Springfield, Ohio, did not result in any injuries.

NS said 20 cars derailed in the incident southwest of Springfield on the Dayton District, which connects Cincinnati and Columbus and was once part of the New York Central.

Among the derailed cars were several auto racks. Some derailed cars landed in the Mad River.

The derailment was reported about 5:30 p.m.

Capitol Limited Detours via Bayard

February 24, 2022

A Norfolk Southern freight derailment early today sent Amtrak’s Capitol Limited detouring in both directions via Bayard between Alliance and Pittsburgh.

The derailment of Train 170 occurred in the Summit Cut, also know as Highland Cut, in Big Beaver, Pennsylvania, northwest of Pittsburgh on the Fort Wayne Line.

Online reports indicated No. 30 picked up a pilot crew off of NS Train 54K but No. 29 had to wait for pilots to arrive. No. 30 reportedly picked up pilots at Elyria where the 54K tied its train down in a siding.

Amtrak’s website reported No. 30 left Cleveland 40 minutes late but was nearly three hour late into Pittsburgh.

No. 29 departed Pittsburgh 37 minutes late but arrived in Cleveland just over five hours behind scheduled. It was 5 hours, 18 minutes late at Alliance.

Some NS trains were reported to be detouring via the Youngstown Line because of the derailment.

Southern H Unit Damaged in Derailment

December 14, 2021

The Southern Railway heritage unit of Norfolk Southern sustained damage on Sunday after hitting a rock slide and derailing near Pittsburgh.

ES44AC No. 8099 and another unit were pulling a 100-car intermodal train bound for Chicago when it struck the rock slide and derailed about 4 a.m. in the borough of Baldwin.

No injuries to the crew were reported and no hazardous materials involved, The 8099 was leading the train. Both locomotives derailed along with five cars.

Officials said the derailment occurred along the Monongahela River in an area that had experienced high winds and up to a half-inch of rain.

Trains magazine reported on its website that the status of No. 8099 has yet to be determined.

To see photographs of the damaged heritage locomotive visit

NS Derails 33 Cars in Pennsylvania

June 30, 2021

No hazardous materials were involved in the derailment Monday afternoon of a Norfolk Southern train between Harrisburg and York, Pennsylvania. There were no injuries.

Officials said 33 cars derailed and plastic PVC pellets spilled from one car.

Because some cars displayed hazmat placards a hazardous materials team was dispatched to the scene. But no hazardous materials were spilled.

Cleanup of the derailment site continued into Tuesday. An NS spokesman said the eastbound train had three locomotives and 130 cars, including 104 loaded cars.

NS Train Derails West of Altoona

June 8, 2021

No injuries were reported and no hazardous material was involved in the derailment on Monday afternoon of a westbound Norfolk Southern intermodal train near Horseshoe Curve.

Train 21G derailed at about 3:40 p.m. in an area known as Allegrippus Curve and blocking all three tracks.

Photographs published on the website of Trains magazine showed cars with empty FedEx trailers on spine cars lying on their sides.

An online report indicated that the derailment began six car lengths from the head end. The train was on Main 2 when the derailment, which remains under investigation, began.

The Logan Township Police Department said no emergency response was required and the area is under control of NS personnel.