NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


NTSB LAUNCHES TEAM TO FREIGHT TRAIN COLLISION IN SOUTH CAROLINA

January 6, 2005

The National Transportation Safety Board has launched a Go- Team to investigate the collision and derailment of two Norfolk Southern freight trains at Graniteville, South Carolina.

The collision occurred on January 6, at about 2:40 AM EST. Initial reports indicate that an unknown quantity of chlorine and/or sodium hydroxide was released and that there was at least one fatality.

Jim Southworth is the Investigator-in-Charge of the NTSB team of 12. NTSB Member Debbie Hersman will accompany the team and serve as principal spokesperson for the on-scene investigation.

Keith Holloway will be the NTSB public affairs officer with the team. Once on scene, he can be reached at (202) 557-1350.

NTSB Office of Public Affairs: (202) 314-6100

 

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.