Wednesday, 17 May 2023 09:04

Train Derailment in Medina County: Second In Ohio This Week Featured

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Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway Company train derailed Medina County's Spencer Township early this morning, and as a result; traffic is shut down on route Route 301 between Rt. 162 and Spencer Mills Road.

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There are no reports of injuries or a toxic chemical spill. At least four cars derailed, and News5 reports they were empty, and normally used for carrying coal.

This derailment, though, is the second one in Ohio just this week. There was one involving 18 CSX Railway cars on Monday, in Wayne County. No one was injured, and there was no toxic spill in that one either. 

In addition, there was another Norfolk Southern derailment last Wednesday, May 9, in New Castle, PA, with 9 cars jumping the tracks just 19 miles away from East Palestine, where a Norfolk Southern train derailed with disasterous effects in February. 

That derailment continues to be a huge issue for East Palestine area residents, with News5 reporting there was a big community meeting there last night, where a number of residents complained they feel ignored, desperate, uncertain, and unsafe. Some say that they are suffering from unusual illnesses they belive are related to the toxic chemicals, that they are not getting adequate medical care, and that they want more help from the state and federal government.

Meanwhile, the State of Ohio just put out a new update on efforts to clean up toxic chemicals in East Palestine.

It says an Ohio Department of Agriculture study on plant materials and agricultural sites, along with Ohio EPA tests on municipal drinking water, have not turned up any indication of contamination from the harmful chemicals from the derailment in February. 

With regard to the removal of contaminated soil and water; approximately 17.3 million gallons of liquid wastewater have been hauled out of East Palestine in total. There is currently a pile of approximately 28,400 tons of excavated soil waiting for removal from East Palestine, versus 41,900 tons that have been removed.

You can find more detailed information, on the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (EMA) website.

 

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