Norfolk Southern has restored both mainlines impacted by Friday derailment

Written by David C. Lester, Managing Editor
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David C. Lester

Norfolk Southern experienced a mainline crash and derailment on Friday afternoon, Nov. 8 in Luxor, Pa., approximately 40 miles east of Pittsburgh.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,  Norfolk Southern reported that an eastbound train carrying empty crude oil tank cars ran into the rear of an intermodal train and derailed cars landed on a third train that was headed eastbound on an adjoining track. Two locomotives (which did not turn over), along with 11 intermodal cars and 50 intermodal containers left the tracks. Firefighters and hazmat teams were summoned to the derailment site, but officials said there was no risk to public safety, and no hazmat danger. Moreover, no injuries have been reported.

Norfolk Southern said that it has not yet determined the cause of the derailment. However, the railroad reported in a service advisory update that service on both mainlines was restored early Sunday morning, Nov. 10. NS added that “customers with traffic moving through the area may experience some delay of up to 24 hours until Tuesday, November 12.”

The derailment also disrupted some Amtrak service that uses these same tracks.

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