Norfolk Southern train derails in eastern Pennsylvania near river

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A train derailed along a riverbank in Saucon Township, Pa., on March 2.

A Norfolk Southern freight train derailment in eastern Pennsylvania Saturday morning left locomotives and cars piled up along a river bank but resulted in no injuries or danger to the public, officials said.

The Nancy Run Fire Company wrote on Facebook Saturday the train derailed near the Lehigh River in Lower Saucon near the Pennsylvania-New Jersey state border. Lower Saucon is about 45 miles north of downtown Philadelphia.

No injuries have been reported in the derailment, the fire company wrote. No information was shared on the cause.

The fire company posted photos of train cars and locomotives piled up, some spilling over the river banks.

Authorities said it was unclear how many cars were involved but no injuries or hazardous materials were reported.

The Lower Saucon Township Police Department said in a Saturday release that diesel fuel spilled into the Lehigh River and containment booms were deployed. Lower Saucon Fire Rescue said on Facebook that there were no hazardous material risks to the community and no evacuations.

The National Transportation Safety Board confirmed on X, formerly Twitter, that it’s investigating the derailment.

Gary Weiland, who lives across the river in Bethlehem Township, told The (Allentown) Morning Call he initially heard what sounded like a crash, then a period of quiet followed by the sound of another crash.

“As the second one was happening, I went upstairs and looked out the window and saw a splash. I said to my wife, ‘I think a train derailed.'” he said.

Connor Spielmaker, senior communications manager for Norfolk Southern, said in an email that first responders are expected to update the public Saturday and doesn’t believe there’s a concern for residents in the area.





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