Vinyl chloride gas, which is toxic and can cause cancer. wWas released and burned on Monday after derailment. And fires in eastern Palestine on Friday.
Residents of an Ohio city were ordered to evacuate. After a train carrying toxic chemicals derailed and caught fire last week. Officials said Wednesday.
A train carrying a tanker of vinyl chloride derailed Friday. Night in East Palestine, about 5,000 miles east of Ohio. The state line to Darlington Township in western Pennsylvania.
East Palestine Fire Chief Keith Drabik said. The safety of residents “was our number one priority”. After taking air and water samples on Tuesday, experts say it is safe to return.
Authorities on Monday handled the release. And burn-off of vinyl chloride, a toxic, flammable gas. And polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes, among other products.
East Palestine Mayor Trent Conway thanked firefighters Wednesday.
“These people behind us saved our city on Friday,” he said at a news conference. “It could be a disaster.“
The number of displaced residents is described as hundreds. The governors of Ohio and Pennsylvania said. In a statement that there will be ongoing air monitoring in the area. But rail carrier Norfolk Southern will also watch homes if requested.