(2-5-23) East Palestine officials issued an emergency evacuation notice for a mile around the train derailment fire effective as of 8:45 p.m. Sunday.
A drastic temperature change in one of the rail cars prompted the emergency warning that was sent out by Gov. Mike DeWine’s office. There is now the potential for a catastrophic tanker failure, which could cause an explosion with the potential of deadly shrapnel traveling up to a mile.
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A state of emergency remains in place until further notice for a one-mile radius around the scene of the derailment, which affects the 1,500 to 2,000 residents living east of Market Street to Highland and Jimtown Roads.
The Governor activated the Ohio National Guard.