Train Derailment in East Palestine Ohio: What We Know So Far w/ Jan and RJ
On Feb. 3, just before 9 p.m. ET, a Norfolk Southern train derailed near East Palestine, Ohio, a town of about 4,800 people near the border with Pennsylvania. Nobody was hurt in the accident, officials say.
Most of the train's 150 rail cars were carrying cargo that was not hazardous, officials say, such as cement and frozen vegetables, according to a manifest of the derailed cars provided to the Environmental Protection Agency.
But 20 cars contained hazardous materials, according to an update this week from the National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the derailment.
In order to avoid a catastrophic explosion, officials evacuated residents and intentionally burned off some of the chemicals, creating a massive cloud of toxic chemicals.
Toxic waste has also been reported leaking into the Ohio River and many other water sources in the area, to the point where locals are able to scrape the creek beds and see rainbowlike shimmers on the surface of the water.
Despite government claims of safety, many residents are uneasy as local animals (including foxes, chickens, fish, dogs and others) come down with unexplainable illness and even die.
We received over 20 dms this week requesting we cover this topic - RJ and I are by no means experts and between our busy schedules did NOT have adequate time to deep dive into research, so I've included some up to date articles for your reading.
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