Preliminary reports from NTSB have stated that the train derailment, which took place 20 days ago was 100% preventable. This comes after reports are revealed that the Norfolk Southern train received a “critical audible alarm message instructing the crew to slow and stop the train to inspect a hot axle.” Instead of doing just that, they pushed on until the train derailed and caused the mess it has.
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In a statement from NTSB chair Jennifer Homendy, she said,
“We call things accidents. There is no accident. Every single event that we investigate is preventable,” she said. “So our hearts are with you know, that the NTSB has one goal and that is safety and ensuring that this never happens again.”
“The function of the HBD is to detect overheated bearings and provide audible real-time warnings to train crews,” the report said.
“Train 32N passed three HBD systems on its trip before the derailment,” adding that at the third system, it recorded “the suspect bearing’s temperature at 253°F above ambient.”
“After the train stopped, the crew observed fire and smoke and notified the Cleveland East dispatcher of a possible derailment. With dispatcher authorization, the crew applied handbrakes to the two railcars at the head of the train, uncoupled the head-end locomotives, and moved the locomotives about 1 mile from the uncoupled railcars,” the NTSB wrote. “Responders arrived at the derailment site and began response efforts.”
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This oversight, if we can call it that, has resulted in 15,000 pounds of contaminated soil and over 1.1 million gallons of contaminated water. Only now on day 20 have the current administration come to Ohio to see what was going on. Though Secretary Buttigieg visited he got aggravated with a reporter, and the residents didn’t even want him there at this point. We are still waiting for Biden to make a statement or visit the area. Though former President Trump has visited and personally met and provided water and cleaning supplies.
o Color code toxic cargo cars: Red, Orange, Yellow, White
o More signage on cars
o X train RR crews
o Local Hazmat Teams on route
o fixed sensors on route for toxins.
o Improve alerts & comms.