On February 3, 2023, a Norfolk Southern train with 150 cars derailed in a fiery crash in East Palestine, Ohio. 20 of the cars contained hazardous materials, with 10 of them being involved in a pileup of 50 cars. 5 of them contained vinyl chloride, a flammable and carcinogenic gas. Residents from nearby neighborhoods in the state and Pennsylvania were evacuated, but most have since returned home.
Carcinogens Contaminate the Air and Water
Kurt Rhoads, an environmental engineer and associate professor for Care Western Reserve University, informed Cleveland news that the major impact will be "felt for years to come" as chemicals make their way into the wells used for drinking water. When asked if he could put the situation on a scale of one to 10 in "seriousness," Rhoads responded with, "I mean certainly if I lived nearby, this would be close to a 10 for me and my family. If I lived in that community, I would be at a 10 getting out of there protecting my family.”
Vinyl chloride is linked to liver, brain, and lung cancers. Additionally, exposure to this chemical is associated with an increased risk of lymphoma and leukemia, according to the National Cancer Institute. Phosgene, another gas in the wreckage, is highly toxic and can cause vomiting and breathing troubles.
Animals Are Reportedly Dying from the Toxins
No casualties have been reported from the catastrophe, but one estimate states 25 million Americans live in an oil train blast zone. While residents seem fine for now, there have been many reports of animals dying.
A TikToker uploaded a video to show a body of water under a bridge in Negley, Ohio – located below East Palestine – containing hundreds of dead fish.
Taylor Holzer, a registered fox keeper, said a few of his foxes broke their legs as they tried to run away from the derailment. Sadly, one of his foxes died. “Out of nowhere, he just started coughing really hard, just shut down, and he had liquid diarrhea and just went very fast,” recalled Holzer. He added that his animals have been sick and acting differently since the crash. Some of them are not eating properly and have abnormally puffy eyes. Many of the foxes are dealing with stomach issues and seem lethargic.
"This is not [how] a fox acts," he explained. "He is very weak, limp. His eyes are very watery and weepy." He added, "Smoke and chemicals from the train, that’s the only thing that can cause it, because it doesn’t just happen out of nowhere. The chemicals that we’re being told are safe in the air, that’s definitely not safe for the animals … or people.”
The EPA Says the Water Is Safe
Yet despite all this, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) claims they have not detected any "levels of concern" in the air samples collected from the affected region.
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency's representative, Kurt Kollar, recognizes that the tanker cars spilled into certain waterways and were toxic to fish – but the drinking water is safe to drink, as deemed by the tests. As these representatives and news stations continue to downplay the train derailment, residents are coming forward to say the toxins are making them sick.
@momsaidwut on Twitter writes, “So I’m 2 hours away from the train derailment, the day after.. everyone around here got sick, upper respiratory stuff; sore throat, itchy/watery eyes, etc. It could be allergies but allergies in Feb is odd. Not convinced it wasnt a side effect of them puttin that stuff in the air.”
Are They Distracting Us with UFOs?
This event should be mainstream news. It must be brought to public consciousness, however, if you look up “Ohio news” on Google, you’ll find that some of the top stories are about a spotted “string of lights” in the sky – all published in the last 24 hours. This week, a broadcast reporter got arrested when he tried to cover the disaster in East Palestine.
In addition, countless UFO articles have been made in the last day, and major politicians are even tweeting about it.
Supposedly, U.S. military fighter jets this past Sunday shot down an unidentified aircraft over Lake Huron. Many individuals are finding this timing awfully suspicious – and I don’t blame them. @Will_Tanner writes, “They want you to think they shot down a UFO so you ignore the Chernobyl-like disaster they just caused in Ohio, one of the most fertile regions of the country.”
The same politicians and news sites that have rallied together in support of Ukraine the past year are staying quiet on the U.S. citizens who have been affected by the train derailment. Even environmentalists like Greta Thunberg are keeping quiet.
Unfortunately, there’s no telling what these toxins will do to Ohioans in the years to come – all we can do is share their story while the rest of the major media outlets stay silent.
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