The mayor of the village of East Palestine in Ohio declared a "State of Emergency" after approximately 50 cars from a Norfolk Southern train derailed, some "with hazardous materials." A large fire resulted from the wreckage, and the National Transportation Safety Board has "launched a go-team to investigate" the train derailment. An evacuation order was issued for anyone within one mile of the crash site.
Associated Press (AP) reported that "about 50 cars derailed in East Palestine, Ohio as a train was carrying a variety of freight from Madison, Illinois to Conway, Pennsylvania" on Friday, 3 February 2023. East Palestine is about 51 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Norfolk Southern has personnel on-site to coordinate with first responders after the incident, and mayor Trent Conaway of the village of East Palestine declared an official "state of emergency, citing a train derailment with hazardous materials."
Norfolk Southern issued the following statement:
"We are aware of the derailment in East Palestine, and are coordinating closely with local first responders while mobilizing our own teams. We will share more details as they become available." -Norfolk Southern
The air quality is being monitored, and there were no dangerous readings to report, according to the mayor, but an evacuation was ordered for anyone within a one-mile radius of the wreckage site. (Source: Associated Press)
A local high school and community center were opened as a shelter for those affected, and East Palestine residents were "urged to stay inside."
The National Transportation Safety Board has "launched a go-team to investigate" the train derailment, with Michael Graham on-site to "serve as a spokesman."
Mayor Trent Conaway said that updates on the situation will be posted on the East Palestine Information Facebook page as they become available.
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AP. "50-car train derailment causes big fire, evacuations in Ohio." Associated Press. 4 February 2023.
East Palestine Information Facebook page.
YouTube: "Ohio train derailment causes fire, home evacuations." WKYC Channel 3 News. 4 February 2023.
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