Train Broke Down Days Before Derailment, Had Too Much Weight: Workers

  • The Norfolk Southern freight train transporting toxic chemicals when it derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, earlier this month had already broken down once on its route — as workers express concerns about the train’s size.
  • The train broke down at least once between when it departed from Madison, Illinois, on Feb. 1 and when it derailed on Feb. 3, employees familiar with the matter told CBS News.
  • Employees say the train’s massive length and weight likely contributed to its initial breakdown and derailment.
  • The train totaled 151 cars — equating to about 9,300 feet in length — and weighed 18,000 tons, which is much larger than employees said was safe.
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