U.S. Senate leader Schumer urges federal safety probe into all major freight railroads

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By Richard Cowan and David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday urged a federal investigation into safety practices of all seven major freight railroads, following the East Palestine, Ohio derailment of a Norfolk Southern Corp train. In a letter, Schumer urged the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to launch an investigation of Norfolk Southern, BNSF Railway, CSX, Union Pacific, Canadian National, Canadian Pacific, and Kansas City Southern. Schumer said that over the past five years, freight rail companies have had “over 26,500 accid…

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