Norfolk Southern Agrees To Pay $600M In Train Derailment Settlement

April 10, 2024

Individuals and businesses will be able to use compensation from the settlement in any manner they see fit to address potential adverse impacts from the derailment.

Norfolk Southern in a statement regarding the decision to settle a class-action lawsuit over the February 2023 train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio.

Why It Matters: Tuesday’s settlement includes a $600 million payout to people impacted by the 38 train cars that derailed in East Palestine, 11 of which carried hazardous chemicals, igniting a huge fire and forcing thousands to evacuate. The company does not admit to any wrongdoing or claim liability for the derailment. The settlement, however, applies to those within a 20-mile radius of the derailment, with those within the 10-mile radius to be eligible for personal injury claims. Payments could begin by the end of this year, pending approval by a federal judge in Ohio.

Read More: Norfolk Southern will pay $600 million to settle East Palestine derailment lawsuit (NPR)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas