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Another Norfolk Southern Train Derails, CEO Testifies


Another Norfolk Southern train has derailed!

The latest derailment from the railway occurred in Calhoun County, Alabama, Thursday morning.

The Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency reported that around 37 train cars came off the tracks.

There were no injuries from the derailment, and officials said there was no risk from hazardous materials.

“Everybody is safe,’’ Sheriff Matthew Wade said.

“They have already amassed a large crew of people, and they have cranes, and they are feverishly working.”

The Calhoun County EMA said on Facebook:

At approximately 6:45 am on March 9, 2023 Norfolk Southern had a train derailment in the White Plains area. Initial reports indicate approximately 30 cars derailed. There are no injuries and no reports of leaks of hazmat also, we have no road blockages.
Norfolk Southern has responded and is working closely with us. There is NO danger to the public.

The agency said that “all fire departments have left the scene returned to regular service. Norfolk Southern will remain on site until clean up is completed,” in an afternoon update.

The cause of Thursday’s train derailment is under investigation.

It’s Norfolk Southern’s third derailment in roughly one month.

Here’s footage of the incident:

The derailment occurred hours before Norfolk Southern CEO Alan Shaw appeared before Congress and apologized for the East Palestine train derailment.

“I want to begin today by expressing how deeply sorry I am for the impact this derailment has had on the residents of East Palestine and the surrounding communities,” Shaw said.

WATCH: reported:

A press conference was held midday by Calhoun County EMA Director Myles Chamblee and Connor Spielmaker, a senior communications manager for Norfolk South.

Spielmaker said 37 cars left the tracks. Most of those car were carrying mixed freight. Two had previously carried hazardous material and contained residue but said there was no leak or risk to the public from Thursday’s derailment.

The train was coming from Atlanta and headed to western states.

He said cleanup is underway and said the NTSB has been dispatched to the scene to investigate the cause of the derailment.

Asked about recent derailments across the country, Spielmaker said, “We’re looking at all these incidents and figuring out how we can become an even safer railroad. Safety remains a No. 1 priority and we’ll make sure we learn from this.”

As the crews worked to clean up the Calhoun County derailment, Norfolk Southern’s CEO apologized before Congress on Thursday and pledged millions of dollars to help East Palestine, Ohio after a Feb. 3 toxic train derailment there.



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