Posts Tagged ‘NS derailments’

NS Derailments Delay Freight Shipments

August 21, 2021

Norfolk Southern told customers this week that two derailments may cause delays of some shipments.

One of the derailment occurred Thursday due to flash flooding at Canisteo, New York, 115 miles west of Binghamton, blocking the single-track Southern Tier main line.

NS said shippers should expect delays of at least 24 hours for shipments using that route.

The other derailment occurred on Wednesday near Meridian, Mississippi.

That derailment also is expected to cause delays of at least 24 hours on several routes, including its Meridian Speedway interchange with Kansas City Southern, Union Pacific interchange traffic, and traffic to and from Birmingham.

NS Reopens Chicago Line in Amherst

December 4, 2020

Norfolk Southern has reopened its Chicago Line in Amherst, which had been blocked on Tuesday by the derailment of an eastbound manifest freight.

Railroad officials said on Wednesday they restored one mainline track at 5 a.m. and a second mainline track would be restored by early afternoon on the same day.

Workers continued to clear wreckage from the scene even after the tracks reopened.

The derailment occurred at CP 212 near the intersection of Middle Ridge Road and Dewey Road.

Amherst Fire Chief Jim Wilhelm said his department responded to the derailment, but NS refused their assistance, saying it would handle and cleanup on its own.

An NS spokeswoman said the cause of the derailment remained under investigation.

No hazardous material was involved in the derailment and no one was injured.

The train involved, No. 310, was en route from Eklhart, Indiana, to Binghamton, New York.

FRA Says Lack of Followup Led to NS Pittsburgh Wreck

September 10, 2019

The Federal Railroad Administration has attributed a 2018 Norfolk Southern derailment in Pittsburgh to a broken rail that had been identified but not fixed weeks before the derailment.

The broken rail was detected in two camera images made during a July 16 inspection by Sperry Rail Service, but no follow-up testing was performed.

A visual inspection of the track two days before the Aug. 5 derailment failed to find a defect.

The FRA report said “the Sperry car chief operator’s decisions . . . contributed to the cause of the derailment.

“Rail testing experts agree that the operator should have performed a hand test, based on the multiple sources of rail inspection information available  . . . during the Sperry car test. The operator’s decisions to disregard induction channel responses from the initial test and not utilize the camera images were serious oversights.”

The derailment on the NS Mon Line near Station Square closed the route for several days and caused more than $1 million in damage to equipment.

Derailed cars fell on a Port Authority of Pittsburgh light-rail line below, which disrupted service on that line for three weeks and caused more than $1.8 million in infrastructure damage.

In statement, NS said it found the FRA report to be factually accurate.

The railroad said it has been working with Sperry on improved human procedures and oversight “to ensure that this type of error does not happen again.”

Sperry declined to comment on the report.

NS Sues Crew Members Involved in Wreck

April 9, 2018

Typically after a train crash that causes injuries and property damage, a railroad is named in a lawsuit filed by those injured and/or those who suffered property damage.

Norfolk Southern has turned the tables in court by suing members of its own train crew in the aftermath of a March 18 head-on collision that occurred in Kentucky.

The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, alleges that locomotive engineer Kevin Tobergte and conductor Andrew Hall failed to keep a “reasonable lookout” so they could slow and stop their train to avoid a collision with another train.

The suit contends that the crew of train No. 175 passed an approach signal indication without slowing and later applied their train’s emergency brakes but failed to notify the train dispatcher over the radio or declare an emergency as required by NS operating rules.

The 175 collided with train M74 in Georgetown, Kentucky.

The ensuing collision resulted in a fire, injuries to four people and the derailment of 13 cars.

NS is seeking compensation to cover the loss of two locomotives and the costs of the cleanup, which included damage to tracks, signal equipment and payments to adjacent property owners.

The railroad said in the suit that its costs also included cleaning up spilled diesel fuel and compensating customers whose shipments were delayed or damaged.

2 NS Crew Members Hurt in Derailment

February 16, 2018

Two Norfolk Southern crew members were injured Thursday afternoon after an eastbound auto rack train derailed in a remote location near Attica, New York, on the Southern Tier line.

The injured workers were the conductor and engineer, both of whom were taken to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, New York.

The train had two locomotives and 43 loaded auto rack cars. Both locomotives derailed along with nine cars.

NS spokesman Jonathan Glass said the injuries were not life-threatening.

Online reports indicated that the train was symbol freight 28N and Glass said it was en route to Mechanicville, New York.

After the derailment, fire broke out on the lead locomotives and authorities decided to let the fire burn itself out, in part because the derailment site is difficult for fire fighters to reach.

However, several fire departments and hazmat units were at the scene.

The derailment was reported at 4:03 p.m. on a stretch of track with a top speed of 35 miles per hour. The cause of the derailment has not yet been disclosed.

NS said that although the train was not carrying hazardous materials it was sending its environmental specialists to clean up spilled diesel fuel, a process expected to take several days.

Authorities said both locomotives and some rail cars of the train went over an embankment and landed in a ravine.

The track in that vicinity is about 50 to 75 feet above a nearby farm field.

NS is reportedly detouring trains that normally use the Southern Tier route west of Binghamton, New York, via Sunbury and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and then westward.

NS Derailment Sends Capitol Limited, Lake Shore Limited Detouring on CSX in Ohio, Indiana

June 8, 2016

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Amtrak’s westbound Capitol Limited and Lake Shore Limited were combined at Cleveland on Wednesday morning and sent on a detour move over CSX due to a derailment on Norfolk Southern in Indiana.

The eastbound Lake Shore Limited also detoured over CSX. The trains used the former Baltimore & Ohio Chicago-Pittsburgh mainline from northwest Indiana to Greenwich and the former Big Four between Greenwich and Cleveland.

The NS train involved was the 34E, which derailed at CP 437 in South Bend, Indiana.

A passengers aboard No. 48 said in an email message that No. 48 was near South Bend when it halted and an NS locomotive pulled the train backward to Hammond-Whiting, Indiana.

Other reports, though, indicated that No. 48 only made it as far east as Chesterton, Indiana.

The passenger aboard No. 48 said it passed the combined Nos. 29/49 at milepost 194 on the former B&O.

The eastbound Lake Shore departed Cleveland about 12 hours late.

Online reports indicated that Nos. 29/49 arrived in Fostoria at 7:50 a.m. and after a recrew departed at 8:15 a.m.

The combined train arrived at Chicago Union Station at 12:45 p.m. The equipment for No. 29 was placed ahead of that for No. 49.

Another report said that No. 48 passes North Baltimore at 2:38 p.m. and Fostoria at 2:50 p.m.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said Amtrak expects to operate over the NS Chicago Line on Wednesday evening/Thursday morning.

The eastbound Capitol Limited was not affected by the derailment, which also caused some NS trains to find new routes.

Akron Railroad Club member Todd Dillon heard of the detour of No. 48 and photographed it passing through Wellington.

He wrote: “Amtrak’s bad luck was my gain, however. I went to Wellington on the former Big Four route from Cleveland.

“I discovered a new photo location now that the Ohio Route 58 underpass has opened. This has been under construction for several years. Train 48 came through Wellington at 4:27 p.m. almost 12 hours late.

Photographs by Todd Dillon

No Injuries in NS Pennsylvania Derailment

June 2, 2016

No injuries were reported after nine cars of a Norfolk Southern train derailed on the Lurgan Branch in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday.

NS logo 2The derailment blocked rail traffic for several hours.

Nine boxcars turned over on their sides on a curve. The train had originated at Enola Yard and was heading for Hagerstown, Maryland.

The line had reopened by 9:55 p.m. Media reports indicated that two Amtrak trains were delayed by the derailment.

The cause of the derailment is still under investigation.

Altoona Derailment Snarls NS Traffic

September 21, 2014

Norfolk Southern traffic was moving through Altoona, Pa., again Sunday morning after all three mainlines were shut down due to a derailment of train 18N on Saturday.

News reports indicated that auto rack cars carrying new automobiles jackknifed at about 9:45 a.m. in Altoona near 21st Street and 10th Avenue. No injuries were reported and no hazardous cargo was involved.

Officials said 17 cars derailed, including nine auto racks. The train was moving through a crossover when the accident occurred.

The train had two locomotives and 107 cars. NS said in a statement that the train had originated at Fostoria, Ohio, and was bound for Wilmington, Del.

Residents of nearby homes were evacuated as a precautionary measure. They described hearing the sound of screeching of metal as the train derailed.

“When it first happened [I] heard a bunch of slamming. [I] could hear the train cars hitting the rocks. [I] heard it slam and hit the ground. [I] heard everything skid, and slide and then there was this big cloud of brown smoke … it was just horrible,” resident Casey Case said told WJAC-TV.

NS crews and those of hired contractors were on the scene removing the wreckage and working to re-open the tracks. The cleanup operation is expected to take several days.

Blair County EMA Director Dan Boyels said the automobile and vans on the auto rack cars each had two gallons of gasoline, making the plan to remove the train delicate.

“We’re not out of the woods yet. Nobody’s gotten hurt so whenever [NS] starts moving the vehicles then we have to be ready in case we have a spark,” Boyels said.

Online reports indicated that helper locomotives were pulling the cars from the 18N that did not derail back westward with 61 cars pulled to Cresson and tied down at MO.

Reports also indicated that some trains will detour east of Cleveland on the former Nickel Plate Road mainline. Among them are the 24M, 20E and 20W. Some westbound trains will also apparently detour over this route.