While the accident had no fatalities, five of the 10 train cars were found to contain pressurized vinyl chloride – a highly flammable carcinogenic gas. This caused a massive fire that prompted an evacuation order for 2,000 nearby residents and a shelter-in-place order for the rest of the community. Also, recent data showed that there were more toxic chemicals than originally reported. Among the substances were ethylene glycol mono butyl ether and ethylhexyl acrylate. Isobutylene was also found in the rail cars that got derailed.
Independent media outlet InfoWars said the magnitude of this story has been scrubbed from public view as local testimonies paint a drastically different picture compared to the official narrative tailored by officials who assured residents that the situation is under control.
According to Rebecca Terrell, host of the "New American Live," residents are accusing the media and government of conducting a cover-up as reporting on the disaster has been minimal. "Evan Lambert of News Nation was arrested as he attempted to cover the crisis," she noted.
Lambert was giving a live report for "Rush Hour" at an elementary school's gymnasium in East Palestine when he was told by law enforcement personnel at the news conference to be quiet because Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine had started speaking.
The journalist wrapped up the live report, but was then asked to leave by authorities. This led to a heated conversation and Lambert being forcibly removed from the event. A video played during Terrel's program showed Lambert being pinned to the ground by authorities.
Also, the Tiktok account @nickdrom posted a video on the platform on the current situation in the area. "This hasn't been getting a lot of coverage and the coverage that has been getting hasn't been very good," he began the clip. He also said that the vinyl chloride found at the crash site is used to make PVC. "So, vinyl chloride is really toxic," he added that following the derailment, there's maybe a million pounds of this toxic chemical spilling into the ground and also boiling off into the air.
Worse, he said, the reporting is really bad because no one is mentioning that a byproduct of vinyl chloride burning is hydrogen chloride (HCL), which is really unstable and latches onto water like the water vapor in the atmosphere, and turns into hydrochloric acid. (Related: Drums of hydrochloric acid were found dumped in the ocean, at a location with sensitive biodiversity.)
"Both governors of Pennsylvania and Ohio are calling the burning off the million pounds of this stuff a success, but not mentioning that it means that we have hundreds of thousands of pounds of acid in the air," he said.
Meanwhile, authorities advised residents that it is already safe to return to the area. But they fear that their animals and water sources were exposed to hazardous chemicals.
"Don't tell me it's safe. Something is going on if the fish are floating in the creek," Cathey Reese, who lives in Negley, Ohio, told NBC affiliate WPXI of Pittsburgh. She said she saw dead fish in a stream that flows through her backyard.
Jenna Giannios, 39, a wedding photographer in nearby Boardman, said she has had a persistent cough for the past week and a half. She has been drinking bottled water and she is uncomfortable bathing in water from the bathroom spigot.
A truck driver died and 21 freight train cars were derailed when an 18-wheeler truck and a Union Pacific train collided in the northeast of Houston, Texas. Hazardous materials (hazmat) from the train cargo were found, prompting the transport company to monitor air quality at the site of the crash.
According to Lt. Troy Teller of the Splendora Police Department, the crash happened at 7:30 a.m. on February 13 along Interstate 69/U.S. 59, between the towns of Splendora and Cleveland. As per a social media post by the East Montgomery County Fire Department, the driver of the truck died from injuries sustained in the crash.
Just hours later, another train got derailed in Enoree, South Carolina. There were no reported fatalities and it was not clear if the train carried hazmats.
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