Another Train Derails in Ohio, Residents Told to Shelter in Place

Another Norfolk Southern train has derailed in Ohio, according to reports.

The train left the tracks in Springfield, Clark County, with an estimated 20 cars out of the 212 having derailed, local media is reporting.

Local authorities have issued a warning to residents to shelter in place.

Norfolk Southern is the same rail company responsible for the toxic train derailment in East Palestine last month.

However, the company claimed that no one was hurt and that no toxic chemicals were involved in this incident.

“The Clark County Emergency Management Agency is asking residents within 1,000 feet of a train derailment at Ohio 41 near the Prime Ohio Business Park to shelter-in-place out of an abundance of caution,” Clark County officials said on social media.

“We ask that all residents in need of travel to Ohio 41 find alternate routes.

“Local and state officials are on scene, including the Springfield Fire Rescue Division and the Springfield Police Department.”

“We’re also aware of power outages in the area due to downed power lines,” the statement adds.

“We’re working to gather more details and will provide more information as it becomes available.”

The train derailment in Springfield comes one month after East Palestine, which is on the other side of the state.

East Palestine experienced a catastrophic toxic train derailment that was caused by an overheated wheel bearing on the 23rd of 149 rail cars.

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Local officials subsequently evacuated all residents within one mile of the accident and started a controlled burn of the carcinogenic vinyl chloride that the train was transporting in an effort to prevent a massive explosion from occurring.

Vinyl chloride, a known human carcinogen used to manufacture PVC, was emitted from five train cars in the form of massive plumes of black smoke visible throughout eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania.

On Friday, researchers from Texas A&M and Carnegie Mellon said that nine of the approximately 50 chemicals that the EPA said were present on the derailed train have higher concentrations than normal in East Palestine.

They were especially concerned with above-normal levels of acrolein, a substance with a pungent odor that is “highly toxic” when inhaled, according to a report from the CDC.

Other chemicals charted at abnormally high levels included benzene, naphthalene, and vinyl chloride.

“If these levels continue, they may be of health concern,” the analysis said.

READ MORE: East Palestine Residents Give Grim Update after Toxic Train Wreck: ‘We’re Dying Slowly’

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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