Route 18 reopens after Wednesday night train derailment in New Castle
Route 18 is now reopened to traffic following a train derailment at the Montgomery Avenue crossing in New Castle Wednesday night according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
The intersection reopened just before 4:00 p.m. Friday.
First responders recently dealt with the derailment just 20 miles from February's derailment in East Palestine.
Around 11:00 p.m. Wednesday, a Norfolk Southern train derailed at the Montgomery Avenue crossing in New Castle.
While it's not clear yet what the train was hauling, New Castle police posted on Facebook that they do not believe any hazardous material was spilled.
Norfolk Southern issued the following statement:
At 11:57 p.m. Wednesday evening, nine cars derailed outside of New Castle, PA. There were no hazardous materials involved, and no injuries have been reported. Our crews responded immediately and are actively working at the site.
According to the Lawrence County Dept of Public Safety, Norfolk Southern crews are on the scene working out a plan to remove the cars.
Responding to social media comments about a substance leaking from the cars, the only product that escaped one of the cars was soy beans. The only "hazardous material" car that derailed is carrying paraffin wax, according to a Facebook post by public safety officials.
“At this time there is no threat to the public, no issues with drinking water and no need for evacuations or sheltering,” according to the post.
Trains were stopped in Lowellville for a time because the crossing in New Castle was blocked, according to Lowellville Police.
Officers expect the area to be closed for about a day, while the railroad removes cars.
The cause of the derailment is currently under investigation, with Norfolk Southern and the FRA telling 21 News results from the investigation could take between three to six months to be released.