After EP Incident, Major Rail Carriers Agreeing to Detector Changes

EAST PALESTINE, Ohio (News Talk 1480 WHBC) – If only the train crew had been alerted sooner that they had a wheel bearing on a train car that was failing.

Coming out of the East Palestine toxic train derailment in February are changes that will hopefully prevent such a disaster from occurring again.

The rail industry will be lowering the threshold at which an alarm is sent to the crew from trackside Defect Detector Systems.

It’s a matter of setting what that threshold will be.

The seven larger, Class I railroads in North America including Norfolk Southern and two Canadian rail lines are also agreeing to install a thousand more such detectors.