Lawsuit Seeks Medical Testing After Toxic Train Derailment

"EAST PALESTINE, Ohio — Residents who filed a federal lawsuit in the fiery derailment of a train carrying toxic chemicals along the Ohio-Pennsylvania line are seeking to force Norfolk Southern to set up health monitoring for residents in both states.

The lawsuit filed Thursday by two Pennsylvania residents calls for the rail operator to pay for medical screenings and related care for anyone living within a 30-mile (48-kilometer) radius of the derailment to determine who was affected by toxic substances released after the derailment. The lawsuit also is seeking undetermined damages.

About 50 cars, including 10 carrying hazardous materials, derailed Feb. 3 in the Ohio village of East Palestine. No one was injured in the derailment that investigators said was caused by a broken axle."

The Associated Press had the story February 10, 2023.


Site Response Page (EPA)

East Palestine Train Derailment Coverage (WKBN)

"Animals Falling Sick, Dying Near Hellish Ohio Train Derailment Site" (New York Post)

"Ohio derailment that released toxic chemicals raises railroad safety questions" (PBS)

"Residents Wonder Whether It’s Safe To Return After Toxic Train Derailment" (Washington Post)

"Wary Residents Return Home After Toxic Train Derailment" (AP)

"After A Train Derailment, Ohio Residents Are Living The Plot Of A Movie They Helped Make" (CNN)

"Train Derailment Prompts Water Utility To Take Precautions" (AP)


Source: AP, 02/13/2023