NTSB Report: Columbus Train Derailment Damage At $1.2M

Columbus Hazmat crew examines burned Norfolk Southern tanker car that derailed in north Columbus.(Photo: Tom Borgerding/wosu)
Columbus Hazmat crew examines burned Norfolk Southern tanker car that derailed in north Columbus.(Photo: Tom Borgerding/wosu)

Federal officials have estimated damage caused by a train derailment and explosion in central Ohio this month to be about $1.2 million.

The estimated cost was part of a brief preliminary report released Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. The agency is looking into what caused the July 11 derailment on Norfolk Southern Corp. tracks north of downtown Columbus.

The accident derailed 17 cars and caused a fire that burned for hours. Two people suffered minor injuries.

NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss said the report just states general background information. He said a final report investigating what caused the accident may take up to a year.

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