‘It’s unacceptable;’ Ohio Senator calls for legislation after latest train derailment in Springfield

CLEVELAND — Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown said he is in touch with local officials and calling on passage of the Railway Safety Act following a train derailment in Springfield late Saturday afternoon.

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He thanked first responders who arrived on the scene quickly Saturday. after “another Norfolk Southern train derailed in Ohio,” Brown said in a social media post Saturday evening.

“Sandusky, Steubenville, East Palestine, and now Springfield - four Norfolk Southern derailments in less than five months because this corporation has been more concerned with its profit margin than with Ohioans’ safety,” he said in a statement. “Ohio communities should not be forced to live in fear of another disaster. It’s unacceptable, it’s why we must pass my bipartisan Railway Safety Act with Senator Vance, now.”

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Senators Brown and Vance introduced the legislation last week.

The proposal aims to prevent train disasters like what happened in East Palestine last month and Springfield Saturday, Brown said.

>>PHOTOS: Ground images of Springfield train derailment

The bill aims to improve rail safety protocols and establish requirements for wayside defect detectors and create a permanent requirement for railroads to operate with at least a two-person crew, a spokesperson for Senator Brown said.

No injuries have been reported in Saturday’s Springfield train derailment.

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A Norfolk Southern spokesperson said no hazardous materials were “involved” in the derailment.

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