Train That Poisoned Pennsylvania Streams Was Speeding

Norfolk Southern could be fined $35,000 a day, starting with the day one of its trains dumped caustic lye into Sinnemahoning-Portage Creek, based on a finding that the train far exceeded the speed limit in that section of track. “Cole Davis, a committee chairman with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, said the train’s event recorder shows it was traveling 73 mph down what he described as a ‘treacherous hill’ when it derailed.” Don Hopey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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