Locomotives derail as 1 freight train hits another

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EDGEWORTH (AP) – Three locomotives on an empty Norfolk Southern freight train derailed near Pittsburgh Wednesday after it rear-ended another Norfolk Southern train on the same track, causing at least one of the locomotives to catch fire, authorities said.


Norfolk Southern said the cause of the Wednesday afternoon collision was under investigation and the locomotive fire was extinguished by late afternoon.


Edgeworth Police Chief John English said two crew members were taken to a Pittsburgh hospital for treatment of nonlife threatening injuries.


Company spokeswoman Susan Terpay said the collision occurred when the empty 82-car train struck the rear of the 56-car intermodal freight train. In addition to the locomotives on the empty train, Terpay said one rail car on each train also derailed.


Edgeworth is about 15 miles west of Pittsburgh along the north shore of the Ohio River. The railroad tracks parallel Route 65, a busy thoroughfare that connects the city with its western suburbs.


No hazardous materials were involved in the accident, Terpay said. Norfolk Southern officials planned to inspect all the locomotives and cars and repair the tracks.


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