Norfolk Southern – Railway Company.
Investigators at Norfolk Southern found “the wheels of certain models and series of rail cars were loose” while cleaning up the derailment site, the company said in a news release Thursday night, confirming the findings. It called it an “urgent safety issue.”
Norfolk Southern said the wheels were from a “series of recently acquired vehicles from a particular manufacturer.”
Norfolk Southern did not identify the manufacturer, nor did it say how many of the rail cars specifically involved in the East Palestine crash were part of that model and series.
The Federal Railroad Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were “immediately notified and began inspecting other vehicles in this series on the network,” Norfolk Southern said.
The company added that the cause of the crash is under investigation.
The announcement was made on the same day as Norfolk Southern CEO Alan Shaw.In front of a Senate panel to address the crisis in Eastern Palestine and several recent Norfolk Southern train derailments, including one in Alabama on Thursday. Shaw vowed the company would “clean up the site thoroughly and urgently. We’re making progress every day.”
He also added that the company plans to spend $20 million to reimburse and invest in families and first responders affected by the incident.
Norfolk Southern Trains Carrying Hazardous Goods, February 3rdA violent crash in eastern Palestine. Of his 38 vehicles that derailed, about 10 contained hazardous materials. Hundreds of residents were evacuated and the crew then conducted a controlled release of toxic chemicals. because a derailment can cause an explosion.
State and federal authorities have faced serious criticism for their handling of the East Palestinian incident,Contamination of the area could pose significant long-term health risks.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/east-palestine-toxic-derailment-railcars-loose-wheels-discovered-norfolk-southern-says/ Rail car with loose wheels found during East Palestine cleanup, Norfolk Southern says