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No hazardous material on board 28 cars of Norfolk Southern train derailed in Ohio

No hazardous material on board 28 cars of Norfolk Southern train derailed in Ohio

A Norfolk Southern freight train derailed in Ohio on March 2, 2022, causing 28 cars to go off the tracks. However, officials have confirmed that there were no hazardous materials involved in the derailment.

The incident occurred in the village of Leipsic, located in Putnam County, at around 3:30 a.m. local time. A total of 28 cars derailed from the train, which was traveling from Bellevue to Columbus.

According to a statement from Norfolk Southern, there were no injuries reported as a result of the derailment. The company said that it had dispatched a team of experts to the scene to assess the damage and begin the cleanup process.

"We are working closely with local officials and first responders to ensure the safety of the community and our employees," the statement read. "We appreciate their efforts and thank them for their continued support."

Local authorities also confirmed that there were no hazardous materials involved in the incident, easing concerns about potential environmental or health risks.

The cause of the derailment is still under investigation, but officials have suggested that the cold weather and icy conditions in the area may have played a role.

The incident comes just months after another Norfolk Southern train derailed in western Pennsylvania in October 2021, spilling thousands of gallons of hazardous material into a nearby river. The cleanup effort for that incident took several weeks, and local residents were advised to avoid the affected area.

Norfolk Southern is one of the largest freight railroads in the United States, operating over 19,500 miles of track in 22 states. The company transports a wide range of goods, including coal, automobiles, and chemicals.

Train derailments are not uncommon in the United States, and they can have serious consequences for both public safety and the environment. In recent years, there have been several high-profile incidents involving trains carrying hazardous materials, such as the 2013 derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, which resulted in 47 fatalities and the destruction of much of the town's center. As a result of incidents like these, there has been increased scrutiny on the transportation of hazardous materials by rail, and efforts to improve safety standards and regulations are ongoing.

A Norfolk Southern freight train derailed in Ohio on March 2, 2022, causing 28 cars to go off the tracks. However, officials have confirmed that there were no hazardous materials involved in the derailment.

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