In what appears to be an indictment that the infrastructure bill has likely not been used to fix American infrastructure, another train has derailed in the midwest.
Officials say the derailment took place in Gothenburg, Nebraska. The city is located in the center of the state. The locals claimed that the location where the train derailed early morning Tuesday, has had multiple issues over the past year, saying trains had derailed 3 to 4 times previously in Gothenburg.
Union Pacific issued a statement about the wreck letting the public know they were looking into the cause of the crash,
“At about 1:45 a.m. CST today, approximately 31 Union Pacific train cars carrying coal derailed near Gothenburg, Nebraska. No one was injured. The incident occurred about three miles southeast of Gothenburg. Cleanup has begun, with heavy equipment on site.” They noted, “the cause of the incident is under investigation.”
Twitter lit up with criticism of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who is quickly becoming a household name following his disastrous dereliction of duty. Buttigieg finally announced Tuesday morning that he would be traveling to East Palestine, Ohio, eighteen days after the wreck to see the damage after mainly ignoring the incident.
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One Twitter user remarked, “Another day, another train derailment. A Hazmat team is on the scene of a train derailment in Gothenburg, Nebraska.
Congratulations to Pete Buttigieg on becoming the worst Transportation Secretary in American history.”
Breaking: Another day, another train derailment. A Hazmat team is on the scene of a train derailment in Gothenburg, Nebraska.
Congratulations to Pete Buttigieg on becoming the worst Transportation Secretary in American history.
— Charles R Downs (@TheCharlesDowns) February 21, 2023
Union Pacific reopened a rail line roughly 6 hours after the accident. Their statement said, “one of the three mainline tracks near the derailment site reopened to train traffic at about 8 a.m. CST.”
Since the East Palestine train wreck, trains have derailed in Detroit, Houston, South Carolina, and now Nebraska. The Detroit train carried hazardous chemicals, but officials have said no one was injured, and no chemicals were released during the accident.
Buttigieg made a statement about the train derailments Tuesday which attempted to place the blame on the railway companies and point to “safety violations.” He said, “I’m concerned that some rail companies treat fines for safety violations as a cost of doing business, and then the real cost is borne by families and communities when that safety violation leads to a tragedy. It’s just not enough to have an adequate deterrent effect.”