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Friday, November 16, 2007

Norfolk Southern To Pay $200,000.00 Fine

The civil liability settlement is separate from the criminal charges filed against Norfolk Southern and the derailed train’s conductor by the McKean County district attorney and the Pennsylvania attorney general.

According to today’s BRADFORD ERA, the railroad has pleaded no contest and will pay a $200,000 fine for the criminal charges.

Meanwhile, the train engineer who was at the controls when the speeding train derailed is arguing that the charges don’t fit the circumstances.

Michael Seifert, 46, of West Seneca, NY is charged with two counts of unauthorized discarding of hazardous wasted along with unlawful conduct of violating rules and regulations protecting a water supply. Information from WFRM News.

Attorney Paul Maliza of Emporium says at the time of the derailment, a viable chemical, sodium hydroxide was what spilled, not a hazardous waste.

Seifert is believed to have been under the influence of drugs when the train was clocked doing 76 miles per hour down a hill in a 35 mile per hour zone.

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