VANDERGRIFT, Pa. (AP) — The Federal Railroad Administration will investigate the cause of a western Pennsylvania freight train derailment in which more than 3,500 gallons of crude oil spilled from a tanker car, one of 21 out of 120 cars that left the tracks.
No injuries were reported, though 35 people were evacuated from MSI Corp., a specialty metals firm near Vandergrift that was hit by one of the derailed cars just before 8 a.m. Thursday.
Norfolk Southern Railroad on Friday increased its estimate of the oil spilled, but continued to say it was contained to a parking lot and didn't enter storm drains or nearby waterways, about 30 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.
FSA officials say the investigation could take months. Norfolk Southern is conducting an internal investigation.
The railroad has apologized to MSI and thanked emergency responders.