Michigan Authorities Investigating Train Derailment

February 16, 2023

Authorities in Michigan Thursday were investigating the derailment of a Norfolk Southern Railway train, less than two weeks after another Norfolk Southern derailment is causing environmental concerns in Ohio.

The Michigan train derailed in Van Buren Township, about a half-hour outside Detroit. According to the Van Buren Township Police Department, there is no evidence of exposed hazardous materials, none of the train cars containing hazardous materials were compromised in the incident and no injuries have been reported.

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) said in a statement Thursday, “EGLE is aware of the train derailment in Van Buren Township, Wayne County, where initial reports indicate no threat to the public from the derailment. EGLE personnel are on their way to the scene to assist in assessing the situation.”

The Michigan train derailment occurred as Democratic and Republican Senators are calling for a Congressional investigation into the February 3 train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio that sparked a fire and a miles-wide toxic chemical spill.

Also owned by Norfolk Southern Railway, the environmental concerns following the Ohio train’s derailment led to the evacuation of hundreds of residents from the community that’s just 90 miles from Cleveland. 

The Senators are seeking answers from the EPA, the NTSB and the Department of Transportation. 

Norfolk Southern, meanwhile, has defended the integrity of the train in the Ohio derailment, including its braking system. 

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