PITTSBURGH — The Port Authority of Allegheny County has submitted an invoice totaling nearly $3 million to Norfolk Southern Corporation following the August freight train derailment in Station Square.
The itemized invoice seeking reimbursement for repairs was submitted last week.
When the double-stacked freight train derailed Aug. 5, several cars carrying household products fell from a hillside and crashed into the Port Authority’s Station Square light rail station. Nobody was hurt.
The Station Square Station and the Monongahela Incline were closed, and rail vehicles were detoured for 20 days while repairs were made.
According to the news release, the Port Authority incurred the following costs:
- $1.5 million for contractors
- $936,000 for Port Authority employee labor
- $380,000 for materials and equipment
- $93,000 in lost revenue
Norfolk Southern officials told the Federal Railroad Administration in November that a broken rail caused the incident. At the time, 11 Investigates reported that Norfolk Southern conducted several inspections on the tracks prior to the derailment, but no problems were found.
Channel 11 contacted Norfolk Southern and a spokesperson said they are aware of the invoice and can't say how long the review might take, but the company will proceed in as timely a manner as possible.
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