NTSB Releases Witness Lineup for East Palestine Investigative Hearing


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​​​WASHINGTON (June 16, 2023) — The National Transportation Safety Board Friday released the list of organizations providing witnesses for the two-day investigative hearing in East Palestine, Ohio, next week.

The hearing, scheduled for June 22-23, is part of the ongoing investigation into the Feb. 3 derailment of a Norfolk Southern train and subsequent hazardous material release and fires. 

A detailed list of witness names, biographies and affiliations will be included, along with other reports and exhibits, in the hearing docket that will be opened at the start of the hearing on ntsb.gov.

Witnesses will represent the following entities:

Association of American Railroads

Beaver County Emergency Services

Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen

Carroll Applied Science, LLC

East Liverpool Fire Department

East Palestine Fire Department

East Palestine Police Department


Federal Railroad Administration

Midland Manufacturing 

Norfolk Southern


Ohio National Guard

Ohio Department of Public Safety

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

Specialized Professional Services, Inc.

Specialized Response Solutions

Transportation Communications Union/IAM

Trinity Rail

University Transportation Center for Railway Safety, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley 

The investigative hearing will be held at East Palestine High School beginning at 9 a.m. Eastern time on both days. See our East Palestine investigation hearing webpage for more details. 

​The public is invited to observe the hearing only. For those with questions about the investigative process, NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy will host a community meeting on June 21 at East Palestine High School at 6 p.m. Eastern time. Learn more on the community meeting webpage.

Media planning to attend the investigative hearing and/or the community meeting in person should RSVP at ​[email protected]

Further investigative updates and investigative hearing information will be issued as it becomes available. For details on the ongoing investigation, see the East Palestine investigation webpage​. 


To report an incident/accident or if you are a public safety agency, please call 1-844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290 to speak to a Watch Officer at the NTSB Response Operations Center (ROC) in Washington, DC (24/7).