In a written statement made by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it was stated that after the train derailed, the truck carrying the soil mixed with toxic chemicals spilled into the environment had an accident on the way to the landfill.
In the statement, it was noted that the truck went off the road on Route 165 near East Palestine, and half of the more than 18 tons of toxic waste it was carrying was dumped on the road.
It was reported that the toxic waste spilled in the accident, which did not involve any other vehicle, did not pose a threat to public health, and that the cleaning works were started by the EPA and East Palestine Fire Department.
The truck driver suffered minor injuries in the accident. After the accident, it was seen that videos from the scene were shared on social media.
On February 3, near the town of East Palestine, Ohio, USA, 50 wagons of the 150-car train carrying chemicals belonging to the railroad company Norfolk Southern derailed and exploded.
The chemicals that spread around after the accident caused an environmental disaster, and the residents of the region were evacuated due to the high amount of toxic substances mixed into the air.
While the residents of the area, who could return to their homes 3 days after the accident, complained of headache, burning eyes, cough and weakness, the news that chemicals were mixed in the surrounding soil and water resources and animal deaths were reported in the media.
Norfolk Southern has made a commitment to clean the area in an environmentally sound manner.