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Railroad accused of water pollution in SC wreck

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COLUMBIA, S.C. - Federal prosecutors say a railroad owner involved in a deadly collision and chemical spill in South Carolina violated the Clean Water Act.

Prosecutors argue in court documents filed Thursday that Norfolk Southern should be fined for discharging chlorine and diesel fuel into waterways near Graniteville after the 2005 crash.

A Norfolk Southern spokesman did not immediately have a comment.

The crash occurred when a Norfolk Southern train veered off the main track onto a spur, rear-ending a parked train whose crew had failed to switch the tracks back to the main rail. The crash ruptured a train car carrying chlorine, releasing a poisonous cloud over the mill town.

Nine people died and thousands were evacuated.


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