Ohio Sues Norfolk Southern Over East Palestine Train Derailment

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An overheated bearing on a railcar was the likely cause of the Norfolk Southern train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, federal officials said. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg called for tougher regulations on the rail industry during a visit to the site. Photo: Alan Freed/Reuters

Updated March 14, 2023 5:02 pm ET

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost sued Norfolk Southern Corp., seeking to hold the company financially responsible for the train derailment in East Palestine.

The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Ohio on Tuesday, sought civil penalties, damages, court costs and other relief for the Feb. 3 incident, which led to the derailment of 38 cars, including 11 tankers carrying hazardous materials that caught fire.

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