Norfolk Southern to Pay $600 Million to Settle Ohio Spill Case

Norfolk Southern Corp. said it will pay $600 million to settle a proposed class action lawsuit targeting the rail company over the 2023 train derailment in Ohio that spilled more than 1 million gallons of toxic chemicals and sickened residents, according to court filings.

Officials of Atlanta-based Norfolk Southern said Tuesday they agreed to resolve consolidated legal claims pressed by as many as 500,000 residents, property owners and businesses in the East Palestine, Ohio, area over the disaster.

Top photo: This photo taken with a drone shows portions of a Norfolk and Southern freight train that derailed Friday night in East Palestine, Ohio are still on fire at mid-day Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar).