Norfolk Southern Train Derails, Spills Fuel and Plastic Pellets

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The Norfolk Southern train derailed on Saturday, spilling diesel fuel and polypropylene plastic pellets into the Lehigh River.
The Norfolk Southern train derailed on Saturday, spilling diesel fuel and polypropylene plastic pellets into the Lehigh River.

As confirmed by local authorities, a Norfolk Southern train derailed on Saturday, resulting in the spillage of diesel fuel and polypropylene plastic pellets into the Lehigh River in eastern Pennsylvania.

The derailment occurred without causing any injuries to the train crew, and there were no reports of evacuations or immediate hazardous threats to the community, stated the Lower Saucon Township Police Department.

Emergency responders swiftly deployed containment booms to manage the oil spill, as per the police statement.

Norfolk Southern’s Response:

Norfolk Southern pledged to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident. They assured that their crew and contracted personnel would remain at the scene to facilitate cleanup operations in the ensuing days, as communicated through a social media post on platform X.

Ancora Holdings, a significant equity holder in Norfolk Southern, demanded the immediate removal of Chief Executive Officer Alan Shaw following the derailment. They advocated for a systematic restructuring of the company’s board, as stated in a post-derailment statement.

Previous Incidents and Political Response:

The incident echoes a similar derailment last year involving a Norfolk Southern-operated train in East Palestine, Ohio, which resulted in a fire and widespread evacuation. 

During a recent visit to the affected region, President Joe Biden denounced the derailment as an “act of greed.” He urged Congress to pass bipartisan legislation aimed at bolstering rail safety regulations.

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