NTSB calls Ohio train derailment ‘100% preventable,’ says operators were warned of overheated axle

The operators of the Norfolk Southern train involved in a toxic derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, earlier this month received a “critical audible alarm message instructing the crew to slow and stop the train to inspect a hot axle,” according to a newly released National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report Thursday. 

The preliminary report comes as NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy said during a press conference that the Feb. 3 disaster “was 100% preventable.”

“We call things accidents. There is no accident. Every single event that we investigate is preventable,” she said. “So our hearts are with you know, that the NTSB has one goal and that is safety and ensuring that this never happens again.”

The report said that after hearing a warning from the hot bearing detector on Train 32N, the train’s engineer, who Homendy said already was braking due to a train ahead, “increased the dynamic brake application to further slow and stop the train.”

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