Norfolk Southern CEO apologizes for Ohio derailment, promises ‘immediate’ safety improvements
Norfolk Southern has introduced safety adjustments within the wake of the accident which might be tailor-made to addressing the doubtless trigger — an overheating wheel on a automotive carrying plastic pellets, which then caught fireplace. The railroad business as an entire has additionally made new safety promises, although they’re additionally tailor-made to the particular doubtless reason behind the accident.
Nonetheless, Shaw acknowledged that these voluntary initiatives “are simply the beginning and we look ahead to working with policymakers and business on others.”
“The occasions of the final month should not who we’re as an organization,” Shaw mentioned, referring not simply to the East Palestine derailment however at the very least two different incidents since then, together with one this week that resulted within the loss of life of a conductor.
A number of senators who’ve sponsored a bipartisan rail safety invoice, S. 576 (118), requested Shaw to endorse the invoice.
“It’s bipartisan — that by no means occurs round right here on the large payments,” mentioned Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.). “It’d be an excellent begin by Norfolk Southern to inform us at present — along with what they’re going to do for the folks of Ohio and Pennsylvania — inform us at present that they assist the invoice. That may assist, if a serious rail firm mentioned we assist these reforms, and we’ll assist you to move this invoice.”
Shaw acknowledged that there’s work forward to be finished involving policymakers however didn’t straight deal with the invoice both method.