A two-day investigative hearing on the Norfolk Southern train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio will be held by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in June.
Investigative hearings are used to gather sworn testimony from witnesses on issues the NTSB identifies during its investigation of an incident. Only NTSB board members, investigators and scheduled witnesses are allowed to participate in the hearing. However, the public is invited to observe the hearing.
NTSB will be focusing on:
- hazard communications and emergency responder preparedness for the initial emergency response
- the circumstances that led to the decision to vent and burn five rail tank cars carrying vinyl chloride
- freight car bearing failure models and wayside detection systems, and
- tank car derailment damage, crashworthiness and hazardous materials package information.