A Norfolk Southern freight train carrying toxic chemicals near the Ohio-Pennsylvania border derailed and caught fire in early February. The spill of chemicals seeped into the earth, air, and water. Locals have reported feeling sick, and many in the affected area's pets have died.
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Norfolk Southern could have prevented this crash, but instead, chose to take shortcuts, resulting in the toxic chemical spill that caught fire and turned into hydrochloric acid.
Residents were told to evacuate for only three days, and many are questioning if it's actually safe to return.
Even short exposure to hydrochloric acid can lead to blindness, severe burns, and internal damage – and now, it's in the air and water in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
It's still unclear exactly what the lasting effects of the spill could be, but some scientists say that the impact of the spill could potentially be felt for years.
Many have voiced their distrust of the government and Norfolk Southern, which is already being sued for the crash. A journalist was even arrested for trying to do his job during a recent news conference about the crash.
Sign the petition to demand Norfolk Southern set up and fund healthcare and monitoring for residents affected by the train crash!