NTSB opens special probe into Norfolk Southern safety practices

A general view of the site of a hazardous waste train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, on March 2, 2023.

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The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday it had launched a special investigation into Norfolk Southern after the latest derailment.

This special study examines the organizational structure and safety culture of the organization A press release.

“Given the number and significance of the recent Norfolk Southern accidents, the NTSB urges the agency to take immediate action today, with input from employees and others, to review and evaluate its safety practices and implement the necessary changes to improve safety,” the NTSB said. said in a statement.

Norfolk Southern CEO Alan Shaw said the company will cooperate fully with the NTSB.

“Moving forward, we are going to rebuild our safety culture from the ground up. We are going to invest heavily in safety,” he said in a statement on Tuesday. “This is not us, this is not acceptable and it will not continue.”

News of the trial comes before Shah Set to testify Thursday before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works to address potential threats to public health and the environment as a result of a train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio last month.

Committee Chairman Sen. Rep. Tom Garber, D-Del., said The group wants to know About the various problems that arise from that derailment.

“What did they do well? What did they do badly? What are they doing to address the things they did wrong? What have they been doing since this incident that people care about and care about?” Garber told CNBC. “When we get out of there, I want to make sure that Norfolk Southern is doing what they need to do to fix this. Not only in terms of people in the community, but also in terms of the movement of these hazardous materials, as we speak, on our country.”

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The NTSB released a preliminary report last month that pointed to an overheated wheel bearing as the cause of the derailment and fire.

On Saturday, another Norfolk Southern train derailed near Springfield, Ohio. Unlike the East Palestine incident, the train contained no hazardous materials. No one was injured following the derailment.

The NTSB has opened investigations into five incidents involving Norfolk Southern, including the death of a Norfolk Southern conductor Tuesday morning when a train collided with a dump truck at a steel facility in Cleveland. The conductor, identified as Louis Schuster, was struck by a dump truck carrying limestone in the side of the first car of the train. A Cleveland police spokesman said.

-CNBC Christina Wilkie Contributed to this report from Washington.

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