Ohio Train Derailment Causes Safety Concerns
A train derailment causing a toxic spill in Ohio is raising safety concerns from residents, activists, and government officials.
The Details: A train carrying vinyl chloride derailed in East Palestine, Ohio earlier this week, causing an evacuation of the town of nearly 5,000. Residents have since returned, as the EPA and local government continue conducting air and water quality tests. The transporter, Norfolk Southern, is working to remediate the crash site.
For Context: The crash, caused by a broken axle, is the eighth train derailment in the Pittsburgh area over the last five years. While no people were killed, residents reportedly found dead fish in streams near the crash, causing concern over water quality. Earlier this week, a NewsNation (Center Bias) reporter was arrested at an Ohio press conference concerning the wreck.
Key Quotes: East Palestine’s mayor, said “We’re going to hold their feet to the fire. They’re going to do what they said… and they’re going to protect the people of this town.” Ron Kaminkow, secretary for the non-profit Railroad Workers United, said, “The Palestine wreck is the tip of the iceberg and a red flag. If something is not done… the next derailment could be cataclysmic.”
How The Media Covered It: The incident was covered similarly across the spectrum. The Guardian (Lean-Left Bias) noted how combining the Department of Transportation’s 2020 approval of shipping liquid natural gas by rail and record-low amount of railroad industry employees could make future derailments more common and deadly.
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