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LATROBE, PA -  Norfolk Southern railroad workers arrived Thurday morning, March 3, to begin clearing debris after a large section of a retaining wall that supports railroad tracks at the intersection of Jefferson and Railroad streets in Latrobe collapsed. Latrobe ia approximately 50 miles from Pittsburgh.

Norfolk Southern workers arrive to cleanup debris from a collapsed retaining wall along the railroad bridge over Jefferson Street on March 3 in Latrobe. PHOTO : Eric Schmadel | Tribune-Review

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the retaining wall, built in 1901, collapsed late Wednesday night, but it wasn’t reported until Thursday morning, City Manager Rick Stadler said. No one was injured, and no property was damaged. Officials shut down the roadway and blocked off a wide area around the remaining wall.

“We saw how far out the debris fell, and we said, ‘We have to move everything back right away,’ because you never know what would happen if another train came through, even on another track,” Stadler said. “Our police department immediately called 911 to tell the railroad company to immediately suspend traffic.”

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