Shelter in place order issued as ANOTHER Norfolk Southern trail derails in Springfield, Ohio - as governor says he doesn't 'believe' any hazardous materials were on board
March 5, 2023
Residents urged to seek shelter after another Norfolk Southern train is derailed in Ohio.
- The company says nobody is injured and no hazardous materials involved - though 1,500 residents are left without power
- It comes after a Norfolk Southern train sparked a massive fire after it was derailed one month ago
A Norfolk Southern train was derailed in Ohio on Saturday, just two days after the scandal-hit firm's CEO failed to show up to a meeting to discuss another fiery crash last month.
More than 1,500 Clark County residents were left without power after the derailment and locals within 1,000-feet of the scene were told to shelter in place 'out of an abundance of caution,' officials said.
The freight railroad company claims there were no hazardous materials involved - but first responders and emergency officials remain on scene to 'confirm their report.'
Nobody is thought to have been injured and no evacuation orders have yet been made. Hazmat crews are said to be on the scene.
Ohio governor Mike DeWine told his Twitter followers on Saturday night that 'we don't believe hazardous materials were on-board.'
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Approximately 20 cars of a 212-car train derailed while travelling through Springfield.
It comes after another Norfolk Southern train was derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, on February 3, sparking huge fires and the release of hazardous chemicals.
Thousands of residents were forced to evacuate and many say they are suffering from projectile vomiting and skin rashes due to their exposure to the toxins.
The firm's CEO Alan Shaw - who earns $4.5 million a year for the role - has faced backlash for his handling of the disaster, with renowned activist Erin Brockovich labelling it a 'cover-up' this week.
The latest crash happened at Ohio 41, near the Prime Ohio Business Park.
Locals and state officials were on the scene, including the Springfield Fire Rescue Division and the Springfield Police Department.
A Facebook post for Clark County said that its emergency management agency was asking residents within 1,000 feet of a train derailment 'to shelter-in-place out of an abundance of caution.'
It posted an update at 8.50pm said: 'Norfolk Southern has told authorities that hazardous materials are not involved in this incident.
'First responders and emergency officials are currently working at the site to confirm their report.'
A spokesman for Norfolk Southern said: 'No hazardous materials are involved and there have been no reported injuries. Our teams are en route to the site to begin cleanup operations.'
Approximately 20 cars of a 212-car Norfolk Southern train derailed while traveling Southbound. Twitter/braephilly
It spells further bad news for Norfolk Southern which is still grappling with the fall-out from the East Palestine crash.
On Thursday CEO Shaw failed to turn up to a town meeting to discuss the fall-out of the derailment - prompting residents to heckle 'where's Alan?'
It is the second time he has been a no-show at the meetings.
His representative was left to face the music alone, telling the crowd the company 'feels horrible' about the crash.
Erin Brockovich - who was played by Julia Roberts in a 2000 film about her activism - launched a blistering attack on the firm's handling of the disaster.
She labelled it a 'classic cover-up,' before adding 'something is not right here.'
The US Environmental Protection Agency is now requiring Norfolk Southern to test for dioxin levels in the area - though the agency says its analysis indicates the likelihood of pollutants being present following the accident is low.
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Authorities have also promised a full investigation and ordered Norfolk Southern to pay for the cleanup.
But residents are especially fearful their air, soil and water has been contaminated following the controlled release of the toxic vinyl chloride to avoid a possible explosion.
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