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Norfolk Southern Settles Train Crash Lawsuit

Posted on Apr 08, 2008

Norfolk Southern has settled a lawsuit with Avondale Mills, a South Carolina textile company.  The lawsuit was about the 2005 train wreck that caused a toxic chemical spill which killed 9 people.

On January 6, 2005, the Norfolk Southern train left the tracks onto a spur, rear-ending a parked train whose crew had not remembered to switch the tracks back to the main rail.  The wreck caused a car carrying chlorine to release a poisonous cloud over Graniteville, South Carolina, killing nine and injuring 250.  Another 4,500 people had to be evacuated.

The lawsuit settled for an undisclosed amount. 

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