Norfolk Southern to pay evacuated SC residents

LIBERTY, S.C. (AP) - Norfolk Southern railroad will pay South Carolina residents who were forced from their homes after a train derailed last week.

The Greenville News reported that Norfolk Southern also will pay for the environmental cleanup and repairs to a road because of heavy equipment traffic, as well as the costs of emergency responders.

The derailment near Liberty on June 10 spilled about 15,000 gallons of isopropyl, a flammable alcohol-based liquid.

Officials evacuated 436 homes within a mile of the derailment. Robin Chapman with Norfolk Southern says more than 200 families have contacted the railroad for reimbursement because of costs from the evacuation.

No estimate was available on the payments Tuesday.

The cause of the derailment is still being investigated.

Information from: The Greenville News,

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