After the Ohio Train Derailment: Evacuations, Toxic Chemicals and Water Worries

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from The New York Times,

When a train derailed in the village of East Palestine this month, it set off evacuation orders, a chemical scare and a federal investigation.

This month, a train carrying toxic chemicals derailed in eastern Ohio, igniting a fire that covered the town of East Palestine in smoke. Fearful of a major explosion, the authorities carved out an evacuation zone and carried out a controlled release of toxic fumes to neutralize burning cargo inside some of the train cars.

Residents feared for their health as concerns have mounted about the effect the derailment and the fire could have on the environment and the transportation network.

Here’s what to know about what happened, and what comes next.

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