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Norfolk Southern Determines ‘Urgent Railcar Safety Issue’

This comes after loose wheels found on rail cars in second Ohio derailment

Norfolk Southern found loose wheels on a series of rail cars involved in last week's derailment near Springfield, Ohio, the company has announced, the latest safety problem to emerge as scrutiny intensifies on the operator – and U.S. freight safety broadly – following that wreck, a toxic derailment five weeks ago in another Ohio town and a derailment Thursday in Alabama.

In probing the Springfield wreck scene Sunday, the company "determined that a specific model and series of rail cars had loose wheels, which could cause a derailment," officials said Thursday in a statement, calling it an "urgent railcar safety issue".

Norfolk Southern also found cases of "unusual wheel movement" on other cars it runs in the same "recently acquired" series – which other rail operators also use – the company said in a statement that did not name the manufacturer.

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