A member of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) takes water samples from Sulphur Run creek on Feb. 23following a train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio. Photo: Matthew Hatcher/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A second Norfolk Southern train derailed in Ohio on Saturday, the second such incident involving the railroad in the state in about one month.
Driving the news: No injuries were reported in connection to the derailment and the incident is not believed to pose a risk to public health, the Clark County government said in a statement.
- About 20 rail cars on the train derailed around 5pm local time, with four of the rail cars identified as carrying non-hazardous materials, per officials.
State of play: A shelter-in-place order was initially issued to residents living within 1,000 feet of the derailment site and was later lifted, the statement added.
- The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency determined that the derailment did not pose a danger to the public water systems or private wells.
- Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) tweeted Saturday that both President Biden and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg had called him to offer assistance from the federal government.
- No spillages have been detected at the site, though site remained “active," the Springfield Township Fire Chief Dave Mangle said at a news conference early Sunday morning, local news reported.
Norfolk Southern did not immediately reply to request for comment from Axios.
- The company said in a statement to Reuters that "no hazardous materials are involved and there have been no reported injuries."
- "Our teams are en route to the site to begin cleanup operations," the statement continued.
The big picture: The derailment of a Norfolk Southern train carrying hazardous materials in East Palestine, Ohio on Feb. 3 captured national attention.
- The derailment forced Norfolk Southern to release and burn hazardous contents from some of the train cars, prompting mounting concerns over health risks and toxic effects from the crash.
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