In the statement made by the EPA, it was stated that the cleaning of the chemicals emitted after the train accident continues and that the residents of the region may feel some odors in this process.
In the statement, it was stated that Norfolk Southern, the train company involved in the accident, agreed, upon request, to cover all the expenses of East Palestine residents who wish to temporarily relocate from the region.
Due to the accident being close to the Pennsylvania border, the deal with the company reportedly includes residents of this state who live within about 2 miles.
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On February 3, 50 cars of the 150-car train belonging to Norfolk Southern, carrying chemicals on the railroad near East Palestine, Ohio, USA, derailed and exploded.
After the accident, the chemicals spread around and caused an environmental disaster, and it was decided to evacuate the residents due to the high amount of toxic chemicals.
The residents of the neighborhood, who returned to their homes 3 days after the accident, complained of headaches, burning eyes, cough and weakness, and the news of animal deaths in the surrounding area was also featured in the media.
Norfolk Southern, the train company involved in the accident, announced that they cleaned the area in an environmentally friendly way and provided financial aid to the local people for the losses caused by the accident.
On the other hand, another freight train belonging to the same company crashed again on March 4 in Springfield, Ohio.
While there were no deaths or injuries in the second accident in which 20 wagons derailed, it was reported that there was no dangerous substance leak, and residents were advised to stay in a safe area for precautionary purposes only.