Service restored after three-train accident on NS Pittsburgh-Altoona line

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Debris from three trains is visible after a westbound Norfolk Southern train of empy oil tank cars rear-ended an intermodal train in Pennsylvania on Friday, sending cars into an eastbound intermodal train on an adjacent track.

LUXOR, Pa. — Service was scheduled to be restored on Norfolk Southern’s main line between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, Pa., following a Friday collision at Luxor involving three trains that also led to the cancellation of some Amtrak service.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that one Norfolk Southern train rear-ended another, derailing cars that hit a third train on an adjacent track. No one was injured. The accident occurred about 3:30 p.m. on Friday near Georges Station road in Hempfield Township.

In a statement reported by the newspaper, Norfolk Southern said a westbound train of empty crude-oil tank cars hit the back of a westbound intermodal train, derailing both locomotives as well as some cars of the intermodal train, which were knocked into an eastbound intermodal train. In all, 11 intermodal cars transporting 50 containers were derailed.

A service advisory posted Saturday on the NS website said the railroad anticipated restoring service on the main line between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg by late Saturday night, with traffic delayed 24 to 48 hours as the railroad works through the resulting backlog.

Amtrak’s Pennsylvanian was cancelled between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg on Saturday, operating only between Harrisburg and New York. Sunday’s eastbound Pennsylvanian originated in Harrisburg rather than Pittsburgh.

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