Updated statement on Norfolk Southern Sunday night Atlanta derailment

Written by David C. Lester, Managing Editor
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NS experienced a derailment in northwest Atlanta last night. This image is not from the derailment, however. NS RELEASED AN UPDATED STATEMENT LATE YESTERDAY.
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Yesterday, we ran a story about a Norfolk Southern derailment in Atlanta on Sunday night. Late yesterday, NS released the following update to their statement:

“It has been confirmed that a member of the train’s crew sustained minor injuries and was treated and released from a local hospital.

“The commodities contained in the involved railcars were: 2 tank cars of paper slurry, 3 box cars of pulp board, and 1 cargo container with consumer products. No hazardous materials involved.

“The derailed locomotive did release a small amount of diesel fuel that was contained before it was a threat to any local waterways.

“Crews continue to work at the site to repair damage to the tracks and road crossing. Train traffic has resumed through the area at reduced speed.

“New crossing protection equipment is expected to arrive overnight and be installed by tomorrow morning. No specific time to reopen the roadway has been announced yet, but we are working to make that happen as soon as it is safe.

“The cause of the derailment is still under investigation, but it has been confirmed that during switching operations there was a collision between rail equipment prior to the derailment.”

RT&S will continue to follow and report on this story as warranted.

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