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20 Norfolk Southern cargo train cars derail in Ohio, officials say

The county originally asked residents within 1,000 feet of the derailment to shelter in place out of an abundance of caution.

Published: March 5, 2023 10:30am

Updated: March 5, 2023 11:18am

About 20 Norfolk Southern cargo train cars derailed near Springfield, Ohio, after the company's train cars derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, last month causing ongoing concerns about air and water quality. 

No hazardous materials were found at the scene of the train derailment, the Clark County Emergency Management Agency said early Sunday morning.

The derailment occurred Saturday shortly before 5 p.m. local time after approximately 20 of the train's 212 cars derailed.

Two of the derailed tankers contained diesel exhaust fluid and two others held "residual amounts of Polyacrylamide Water Solution," according to officials, causing the Clark County Hazmat team to respond out of an abundance of caution. Both chemicals are common industrial products.

The county originally asked residents within 1,000 feet of the derailment to shelter in place out of an abundance of caution.

"There is no indication of any injuries or risk to public health at this time," officials later said.

In East Palestine, more than a three-and-a-half-hour drive from Springfield, a Norfolk Southern train derailment on Feb. 3 has left the community with concerns about health effects following a controlled burn of toxic vinyl chloride in the train cars.

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