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2 Norfolk Southern trains derail, spill diesel fuel and engine oil
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2 Norfolk Southern trains derail, spill diesel fuel and engine oil

Two Norfolk Southern trains derailed this weekend – one in Alabama and another in Pennsylvania. The train derailment in Alabama spilled diesel fuel and engine oil.

There were 11 cars of a Norfolk Southern train that flew off the tracks early Sunday morning in Jasper, Alabama. Some of the cars rolled over. The locomotive also rolled on its side and spilled diesel fuel and engine oil into the crash area.

There are no reports of a hazmat situation, and the train company said there was no danger to the public.

Two crew members of the train were injured and taken to a nearby hospital. Both have since been released.

Jasper Police released a statement that read, "According to Norfolk Southern, the train crew was briefly trapped in the engine room because the engine tilted over. There were no major injuries, but RPS was called to the scene to evaluate the crew and transported two crew members as a precaution."

"Per Norfolk Southern personnel, there were no hazardous materials involved in the derailment or released into the area," the press release stated. "Jasper Fire called all personnel in to assist the crew in getting out of the train and managing the scene, along with Jasper Police. Norfolk Southern and Walker County EMA are remaining on the scene to return the track to service."

Norfolk Southern crews worked through the night on the cleanup.

Norfolk Southern issued a statement on the latest derailment:

Last night, 11 cars and the lead locomotive derailed from a train traveling through Jasper, Alabama. There are no reports of a hazmat situation or danger to the public. Our two crew members were transported to the hospital and have since been released. During the derailment, the locomotive rolled onto its side and as a result spilled some diesel fuel and engine oil. Norfolk Southern crews have responded and have been working through the night on cleanup. We'd also like to thank the first responders who quickly arrived on-scene and took care of our crew.

Another Norfolk Southern train derailed around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Five empty cars veered off the track.

Norfolk Southern senior communications manager Connor Spielmaker said no hazardous materials were involved and there were no reported injuries.

Spielmaker said, "We appreciate the community's patience" while crews take care of the derailed cars.

Last month, another Norfolk Southern train derailed in Alabama. In that incident, roughly 37 cars went off the tracks in Calhoun County. There were no injuries and no reports of dangerous leaks.

The derailment happened just hours before the CEO of Norfolk Southern testified before Congress regarding the train derailment that spilled toxic material in East Palestine, Ohio.

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Paul Sacca

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