U.S. Senate leader calls for safety audit into all major railroads after Ohio derailment

By: - March 15, 2023 4:00 pm

A February 2023 aerial view of the train derailment wreckage in East Palestine, Ohio. (Screenshot from NTSB B-roll recorded Feb. 5, 2023)

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called Wednesday for the federal authority responsible for determining the causes of transportation casualties to investigate the safety culture at all major North American freight railroads.


Rail owned by the seven Class I freight railroads: BNSF, Canadian National, Canadian Pacific, CSX, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific. (Map created with a U.S. Federal Rail Administration tool by Jacob Fischler/States Newsroom)


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Jacob Fischler
Jacob Fischler

Jacob covers federal policy as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Based in Oregon, he focuses on Western issues. His coverage areas include climate, energy development, public lands and infrastructure.