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Train derailment, fire update

Norfolk Southern Corp. issued the following update on the northeast Indiana trail derailment about 11:25 a.m. Tuesday:

  • An eastbound Norfolk Southern train derailed at 4:40 a.m. Tuesday morning west of Ligonier, Ind.
  • The train consisted of three locomotives and 59 freight cars.
  • Sixteen cars were empty and 43 were loaded. Norfolk Southern is working to determine how many cars have derailed.
  • No injuries have been reported.
  • A fire has been reported at the derailment site, and we are working with local emergency responders to contain it.
  • The train was carrying a variety of commodities including the two products classified as hazardous materials, molten sulfur and toluene. Molten sulfur is used for making products such as plastics, dyes, detergents, pharmaceutical products, and fertilizer. Toluene is used for making products such as paint thinner, fingernail polish, and rubber.
  • Track speed for freight trains along this route is 50 mph.
  • An average of 90 to 100 trains use this rail line daily.
Additional updates will be provided as new information becomes available.

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