Latest Ohio derailment poses no public risk: officials

Springfield, Ohio –

Ohio officials say there is no indication of public health risk from the derailment of the Norfolk Southern freight train between Dayton and Columbus.

Clark County officials said about 20 of the 212 southbound trains, including four tankers, derailed around 4:45 p.m. Saturday in Springfield Township, near the business park and county fairgrounds. says. Springfield is about 46 miles (74 km) west of Columbus, the state capital.

As a precautionary measure, residents living within 1,000 feet were asked to evacuate to the scene, and responding firefighters deployed the county’s Hazardous Materials Task Force as a precautionary measure, but officials confirmed early Sunday that the train had been transported to the area without hazardous materials. “There were no injuries or signs of injury,” he said. There is a risk to public health at this time. “

Crew members from Norfolk Southern, the Hazmat team and the Ohio Department of Environmental Protection “each independently investigated the crash site and confirmed there was no evidence of a spill at the scene,” officials said. said it contained no hazardous materials, county officials previously said.

County officials say environmental officials have confirmed that the derailment is not near a protected water source. This means there is no danger to public water systems or private wells.

Officials said two of the tankers carried residues of diesel exhaust fluids and two others carried residues of aqueous polyacrylamide solutions, which they described as “common industrial goods transported by rail.” calling.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said late Saturday night that President Biden and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg called him “to offer federal assistance.”

On February 3, 38 Norfolk Southern freight trains derailed in eastern Palestine in northeastern Ohio near Pennsylvania, burning several of the train’s carriages carrying hazardous materials. No one was injured, but nearby areas in both states were endangered. Concerns about the long-term health effects persist among villagers.

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