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Another Norfolk Southern train derails in Ohio



(Springfield) Authorities in Ohio say there is no indication of a public health risk from the derailment of a Norfolk Southern freight train between Dayton and Columbus, the second derailment of a train from business in the state in a month.

Clark County officials said about 20 of the southbound train’s 212 cars, including four tanker trucks, derailed around 4:45 p.m. Saturday in Springfield Township, near an industrial park. Springfield is about 75 km west of Columbus, the state capital.

As a precaution, residents living within 1,000 feet (305 m) were asked to confine themselves to a safe location, and on-site firefighters deployed the county’s hazmat team as a precaution. Officials, however, said early Sunday that the train was not carrying any hazardous materials and that there were “no indications of any public health hazards or risks at this time”.

A team from Norfolk Southern, the Hazardous Materials Team and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency “each independently reviewed the crash site and verified there was no evidence of a spill on the site,” county officials said. According to them, Norfolk Southern assured that no hazardous materials were involved in the accident.

Local authorities have confirmed that environmental officials say the derailment was not near a protected water source, meaning there is no risk to water systems. public or private wells.

They also said that two of the tanker trucks were carrying residual quantities of diesel exhaust fluid, and the other two were carrying aqueous polyacrylamide solution, which they described as “common industrial products shipped by rail”.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Saturday night that President Biden and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg called him “to offer help from the federal government.”

On February 3, 38 cars of a Norfolk Southern freight train derailed in East Palestine, a town in northeastern Ohio, near Pennsylvania. Several of the train’s wagons carrying hazardous materials had burned down. Although no one was injured, the crash prompted the evacuation of half of the town’s roughly 5,000 residents, a multi-jurisdictional emergency response still underway and lingering concerns among residents about the long-term effects. about health.

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