Train derailment ALERT
A train carrying hazardous materials derailed in North Dakota late on Sunday night in the latest toxic railway accident to hit the United States. The incident happened less than two months after a train derailed near the Ohio-Pennsylvania border, causing a raging fire and leaking cancerous chemicals near the small town of East Palestine.
The incident on Sunday night involved a Canadian Pacific freight train that derailed around 11.15 pm, according to initial reports, affecting 31 of the train’s 70 cars. Spilled cargo from the derailment included petroleum used to make asphalt.
Emergency response personnel and hazmat experts were at the crash scene in a rural Richland County area on Monday morning. According to the rail company, there was no fire and the spill occurred in a cold and snowy area, minimizing the threat to public safety.
Hazardous materials experts were continuing to assess the scene and work with first responders. Crews will allow the cold weather to solidify the leaked materials, which are expected to turn into a gel. Meanwhile, nearby roadways 158 and 159 Avenue Southeast will be closed between Highway 13 and 14. This statement was said by the Richland County Sheriff’s Office. Officials will allow the spilled materials to freeze to aid in the cleanup, which is expected to take seven to 10 days.
The incident marks the latest train derailment in the United States as concerns over railroads remain high following the major incident in East Palestine, Ohio, in early February in which about 50 cars derailed, spilling hazardous materials and forcing evacuations of residents.
The derailment in East Palestine earlier this year sparked an outcry over what critics call insufficient safety regulation of the transportation of hazardous materials. Sensors on the track whose parameters were set by the private rail company, Norfolk Southern failed to alert conductors in time that a car bearing had become wildly overheated, according to initial findings by the National Transportation Safety Board.
The Norfolk Southern train derailed 38 cars, including 11 known to contain toxic materials, causing explosions, a fire, and a massive plume of smoke. The spilled cargo included vinyl chloride; a flammable chemical known to cause liver cancer. Rail officials, concerned at the prospect of the vinyl chloride exploding, chose to burn off the chemical in a controlled fire.
North Dakota is a state located in the midwestern region of the United States, it is known for its agriculture, oil production, and outdoor recreational opportunities. The state is also a major transportation hub, with several major rail lines crossing through the state.
City planning experts state that train derailments can be a serious issue, as they can cause damage to property, disrupt transportation, and pose a risk to public safety. When a train derails, it means that one or more of the train cars have come off the tracks, often causing a chain reaction that can result in significant damage and injuries. Fortunately, no injuries were reported in the North Dakota incident and there was no concern over hazardous materials that could not be contained.