Ohio train crash's possible reason.

February 24, 2023



(RT) ⸻ A faulty wheel bearing may have been responsible for the derailment of a train carrying toxic vinyl chloride through East Palestine, Ohio, earlier this month, causing a hazardous chemical spill. The report from the National Transportation Safety Board noted that a trackside detector transmitted an alarm message to the train's crew as they passed through East Palestine on February 3. The train engineer slowed the train and brought it to a stop with the assistance of an automatic emergency brake after receiving the alarm. When the crew noticed fire and smoke coming from the 23rd car of the 149-car train, they moved the locomotive to safety a mile away and alerted the authorities. Some 38 cars derailed in total, with 11 of them carrying toxic chemicals. As the temperature of one intact tank of vinyl chloride began to rise, the responders decided to carry out a controlled burn of the chemicals to avoid a possible explosion. The report did not conclusively blame the derailment on the defective bearing, nor did it suggest that venting and burning the vinyl chloride was the correct course of action. As a cloud of dense and toxic smoke rose over the town, locals criticized President Joe Biden for refusing to issue a disaster declaration. Former president Donald Trump visited East Palestine on Wednesday, where he praised local emergency workers and handed out food and water. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg traveled to the scene on Thursday.

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