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.