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Officials burned chemicals after the train derailed in Ohio. Associated Press/Photo by Gene J. Puskar

Ohio residents file lawsuits after train derailment

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Friday said state and federal authorities set up a clinic for residents in East Palestine, Ohio, near the site of a Feb. 3 train derailment. At least six lawsuits have been filed against the transportation company Norfolk Southern seeking compensation for property damage, economic loss, and exposure to hazardous chemicals. The town was evacuated Feb. 6 before officials released vinyl chloride from five derailed tanker cars that were in danger of exploding. Residents were told it was safe to return to their homes Feb. 8, but many have complained of headaches, nausea, and other illnesses following the accident.

What has been the response from Norfolk Southern? The company said Thursday that it is assisting with ongoing cleanup efforts and will distribute more than $2 million in financial assistance to affected families and businesses. Governor DeWine and President Joe Biden have said the rail operator should be held accountable for the damage caused by the incident. 

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Lauren Canterberry

Lauren Canterberry is a reporter for WORLD. She graduated from the World Journalism Institute and the University of Georgia with a degree in journalism, both in 2017. She worked as a local reporter in Texas and now lives in Georgia with her husband.

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