DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Clark County officials and Norfolk Southern Officials provided an update after a train derailed in Springfield, sending 28 cars off the track.
At 3 p.m. on Monday, March 6, officials addressed community concerns after the incident.
This update comes two days after a Norfolk Southern train derailed in Springfield, shutting down OH-41 and Bird Road. According to the company, no one was injured in the incident.
While the train was carrying hazardous material, none of the derailed cars were holding hazardous substances. A spokesperson for Norfolk Southern explained while some tankers were involved in the derailment, none of them spilled their contents, and they were not carrying hazardous materials.
Charles Patterson, Commissioner for the Clark County Combined Health District, explained they are monitoring the situation and no hazardous materials made contact with the soil, water, or air around the area.
“There have been other discussions about other oils or transmission fluid, or something coming from vehicles. Each of those small spills, which occur across our city every day, they’re being handled on a case-by-case basis. We will continue to monitor the situation to ensure the health of Clark County residents,” Patterson said.
The National Transportation Safety Board is currently investigating the incident, and Norfolk Southern explained they are fully cooperating with the NTSB as well as conducting their own investigations.
“We know that some people feel that way, and we’ve been very clear that we’re going to listen to these investigators, we’re going to work with these investigators, identify things we can do,” Connor Spielmaker, the Senior Communications Manager for Norfolk Southern, said.
OH-41 from Gateway Blvd. to the fairgrounds will remain closed for the foreseeable future while crews wait for asphalt to repair the road. The airspace above the derailment was closed to allow investigators to fly drones. The airspace will reopen at 7:02 p.m. on Monday, March 6, 2023.
Norfolk Southern is also working with community members and businesses who were impacted by the derailment.