11 train cars and a locomotive derailed in Jasper, Alabama on April 9, 2023, injuring 2 crew members. According to reports, the locomotive rolled on its side, trapping the crew members inside. Jasper Police and Fire called all personnel in to assist the crew in getting out of the train and managing the scene. Both crew members were taken to a nearby hospital and treated for injuries. Although the locomotive spilled diesel fuel and engine oil when it tipped over, Norfolk Southern released a statement claiming that “[t]here are no reports of a hazmat situation or danger to the public.” Cleanup crews were on the scene cleaning up. The Jasper Police said the accident happened near 1350 Old Russellville Road.
Norfolk Southern has a long history of derailments caused by a lack of adequate safety protocols. Earlier this year, The National Transportation Safety Board stated that has investigated five significant accidents involving Norfolk Southern since December 2021, and will be undertaking a thorough investigation into the company’s overall safety culture. It will be the first such investigation within the rail industry since 2014.
Railroad workers that are injured in train derailments may be entitled to compensation under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA). It is important for these workers to contact an experienced train accident lawyer early on after a derailment to preserve evidence and protect their rights under the FELA.