Norfolk Southern Train Derailment Lawsuits
Have you or a loved one been affected by the Norfolk Southern train derailment, including evacuating from your home in Columbiana County, Ohio, or Beaver County, Pennsylvania, please contact one of our attorneys for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights.
What happened on February 3, 2023 in East Palestine, Ohio?
On February 3, 2023, a Norfolk Southern train including 20 cars of “hazardous waste” carrying cargo from Madison, Illinois, to Conway, Pennsylvania, derailed in East Palestine, Ohio. Approximately 10 of the “hazardous waste” containing cars were among those that derailed, including at least 5 that were carrying dangerously toxic vinyl chloride.
What kind of cargo was being transported by the Norfolk Southern train that derailed?
Approximately 10 of the “hazardous waste” containing cars were among those that derailed, including at least 5 that were carrying dangerously toxic vinyl chloride. Vinyl chloride is classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a Group A human carcinogen – the most dangerous to human health. The vinyl chloride contents of the 5 rail cars are unstable and explosive, causing deadly disbursement of shrapnel and toxic fumes.
How is the vinyl chloride being released from the derailed rail cars in East Palestine, Ohio?
To address the danger, Norfolk Southern is releasing the vinyl chloride from the cars in what it terms a “controlled release.” However, exposure to vinyl chloride can have many serious effects ranging from immediate or acute to long term or chronic.
What are the immediate and long-term effects of exposure to vinyl chloride?
The risks of exposure to high levels of vinyl chloride via inhalation can result in effects on the central nervous system such as dizziness, drowsiness, headaches, and loss of consciousness, lung and kidney irritation, inhibition of blood clotting and cardiac arrhythmias. Chronic or long-term effects of vinyl chloride exposure can include liver damage, lung damage and kidney damage, as well as various cancers.
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