Toxic Fumes from East Palestine, Ohio Train Derailment Threaten 5,000

by | Feb 7, 2023 | Safety, Train Accident

On Monday, February 6th 2023, a controlled release of toxic chemicals from train cars that were part of a train derailment three days ago caused residents living within one mile from where the derailment took place to be asked to evacuate temporarily for safety measures. They since have not been able to return due to fumes created by burning vinyl chloride still lingering in the air surrounding their homes making it unsafe for them to remain there overnight or during cleanup operations throughout Tuesday.

Breathing high levels of vinyl chloride can make someone pass out or die if they don’t get fresh air, the Ohio Department of Health said.

The man-made chemical used to make PVC burns easily at room temperature; can cause dizziness, sleepiness and headaches; and has been linked to an increased risk of cancer in the liver, brain, lungs and blood.

There was a mechanical failure warning before the train derailment crash, NTSB Member Michael Graham said Sunday. About 10 of 20 cars carrying hazardous materials – among more than 100 cars in all – derailed, the agency said. Investigators have also requested records from Norfolk Southern, including track inspection records, locomotive and railcar inspections and maintenance records, train crew records and qualifications, Graham said.

Devastation has struck East Palestine, Ohio this past weekend, leaving many unable to return home. If you or someone you know is impacted by this unfortunate incident and in need of legal assistance involving chemical spills and exposure, Kherkher Garcia LLP is here for you! Our experienced team offers an extensive background when it comes to negligence litigation so that we can properly fight your case every step of the way. 

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