Ohio agencies seeking $900K from train derailment

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Local agencies say they are still trying to recoup nearly $900,000 lost in the train derailment and explosion that lit up the early morning sky north of downtown Columbus a year ago.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/13PB0zw ) reports that the agencies billing Norfolk Southern included Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security, the Columbus police and fire departments and the Central Ohio Transit Authority.

The transit authority wants $605,397 for lost business and fire damage to its bus hub.

Federal authorities haven't determined what caused the July 11, 2012, derailment near the state fairgrounds. Seventeen cars derailed, with three cars carrying 90,000 gallons of ethanol exploding. Two people were injured an urban neighborhood had to be evacuated.

The explosions were felt for blocks and sent flames shooting high in the air.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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