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Norfolk Southern railcars derail in Pennsylvania, but with no hazardous chemicals

Recovery work is shown at the scene of a train derailment outside New Castle, Pa., on Thursday, May 11, 2023.
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Recovery work is shown at the scene of a train derailment outside New Castle, Pa., on Thursday, May 11, 2023.

NEW CASTLE, Pa. — Nine railcars from a Norfolk Southern freight train derailed in Pennsylvania, with no hazardous chemicals on board and no reported injuries, fire department and company officials said.

The derailment happened late Wednesday outside of New Castle, the company said in a statement.

"Our crews responded immediately and are actively working at the site," the statement said.

The New Castle Fire Department said that at least some of the cars that derailed contained paraffin wax, which is used to make candles, and soybeans.

New Castle is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northwest of Pittsburgh near the Pennsylvania-Ohio state line.

The derailment comes amid heightened attention to rail safety nationwide after a fiery derailment in February of Norfolk Southern railcars in East Palestine, Ohio. Half of the town's 5,000 residents were evacuated as emergency responders burned off chemicals to prevent an uncontrolled explosion.

The company has renewed a promise to create a fund for residents near the site of that wreck to cover any decline in home values since the derailment.

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