Toxic chemical spill in Ohio

Toxic chemical spill in Ohio

On February 3, a 9,300-foot-long freight train transporting hazardous chemicals owned by freight rail operator Norfolk Southern derailed in East Palestine, Ohio.

While residents near the site were evacuated ahead of the explosion, locals and public health advocates are still expressing health concerns amid reports of local waterways that feed into the Ohio River being contaminated by chemicals.

Toxic chemical spill in Ohio
  • Uncertainty on the ground

    CGTN America’s Jim Spellman brings the latest from federal and county officials as well as residents on the continuous uncertainty of the situation in the area.

    Water aerators and air monitors can still be seen around the site of the toxic train derailment almost two and a half weeks later.

  • What happened in Ohio?

    Hundreds of angry residents gathered on Feb. 15 at a local high school gym in East Palestine, Ohio where a derailed train carrying toxic chemicals spilled in their town. They were trying to get answers about the health risks they may face.

  • Toxic chemical spill: Answer our questions

    The local authorities in the city of East Palestine, Ohio say that the water, air and soil are safe for its residents after a train carrying toxic chemicals derailed more than two weeks ago.

    But residents there worry they aren’t being told the whole truth and trust in officials is fading.


  • How dirty is the water? We tested it

    U.S. Federal regulators from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Tuesday that they have taken charge of the cleanup from the toxic train derailment in the U.S. state of Ohio, and that the company responsible has been ordered to pay for all of it. Our CGTNAmerica crew is on the ...

  • What are the health consequences of the spill?

    Residents in East Palestine, Ohio are still looking for answers nearly three weeks after a freight train derailed, spilling dangerous chemicals.

    Some people say they are suffering from breathing problems, headaches, rashes and other ailments. Authorities say the air and drinking water are now sa...

  • Why are toxic chemicals carried on trains?

    It’s been more than two weeks since a freight train derailment in the U.S. state of Ohio caused a massive toxic chemical spill. The local authorities are trying to persuade fearful residents that the environment is now safe, even opening up a special clinic to carry out health tests.

    The derailm...

  • Arrest of reporter covering train derailment

    A freight train derailed in Ohio on the evening of February 3, resulting in a fire and the release of the deadly chemical vinyl chloride. A broadcast reporter who attempted to cover the story was arrested, and after being advised to return home and being noted that real-time air and water monitor...

  • 'I don't know how to feel safe'

    Many residents of East Palestine, Ohio in the United States remain concerned about the impact of the freight train derailment and chemical spill is having on their health and the environment, despite the U.S. EPA's promise that the rail company would be held accountable.

    CGTN's Sally Patterson ...

  • Why are Ohio residents angry?

    Residents of a small town in the U.S. state of Ohio are being warned to avoid drinking well water following a train derailment earlier this month. The train, carrying toxic chemicals, ignited a large fire, sending thick smoke into the air.

    The governor says people should stick to bottled water.