Another train derails in Ohio after toxic East Palestine crash

 March 5, 2023

Ohio residents were ordered to stay indoors Saturday after another train derailed in Springfield.

The train derailed around 5 p.m. near Ohio 41 and the Prime Ohio Business Park, according to Clark County officials, with about 20 box cars coming off the tracks.

The details

"A spokesperson confirmed with The Post that Norfolk Southern — the same railway company involved in the tragic East Palestine derailment that contaminated 1.1 million gallons of water and 15,000 pounds of soil — was operating the derailed train," the New York Post reported.

“No hazardous materials are involved and there have been no reported injuries,” the company said.

Hazmat crews were on the scene of the accident, with the sheltering order lifted early Sunday.

An eyewitness account

Shawn Heaton was waiting for the train to pass when he saw a box car come off the track, capturing the moment on video.

“I was right there and I was playing on my phone and then I heard a loud bang. And when I heard the loud bang, I started recording,” Heaton said, according to the Springfield News-Sun.

“When I heard the bang, there was all kinds of debris and metal shoot out from under the cars and that’s when I started recording and you could see them start jumping off the tracks," he added.

The incident was especially concerning following the recent East Palestine train derailment that included a massive fire releasing toxic fumes into the air.

The East Palestine crash also included reports of chemicals polluting local water and killing wildlife, with residents concerned about using local water sources. The incident also quickly turned political, with former President Donald Trump visiting to comfort and bring assistance while President Joe Biden has not visited the location a month later.

The latest incident involving Norfolk Southern adds to concerns, drawing additional attention to train safety and the impact of freight trains in America's communities.

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