Train Carrying Crude Oil Derails in Pennsylvania

From The New York Times

A 120-car Norfolk Southern train carrying heavy Canadian crude oil derailed and spilled in western Pennsylvania on Thursday, adding to a string of recent accidents that have prompted calls for stronger safety standards.

There were no reports of injury or fire after 21 tank cars came off the track and crashed into a nearby industrial building at a bend by the Kiskiminetas River in the town of Vandergrift. Nineteen of the derailed cars were carrying oil, four of which spilled between 3,000 and 4,000 gallons of oil, Norfolk Southern said. The leaks have since been plugged. Two other derailed tank cars held liquefied petroleum gas.

The cleanup was underway on Thursday as a heavy winter storm intensified. The Federal Railroad Administration said it was sending an investigator to the site.

The train, which was also carrying food products, crashed into a track-side building owned by the MSI Corporation, which makes metal products.

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