NewsOne year since East Palestine train derailment: Biden's visit to reflect and reassure

One year since East Palestine train derailment: Biden's visit to reflect and reassure

A flag and map of Ohio state.
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11:40 AM EST, January 31, 2024

February 3 marks one year since a Norfolk Southern train derailment in East Palestine. President Joe Biden will visit the area to meet with people affected by the incident.

On February 3, 2023, at 8:55 p.m., a freight train transporting hazardous substances, including vinyl chloride and benzene residue, derailed in East Palestine, Ohio. As stated by the National Transportation Safety Board, crew members noticed an overheated wheel bearing and attempted to stop the train, which resulted in its derailment. The occurrence may have a long-term negative impact on the environment and Ohio residents' health.

White House's Support for People Affected

"As President Biden has said from the beginning, the administration will continue to support the people of East Palestine and other affected communities for as long as it takes, including by using every available tool to hold Norfolk Southern accountable," the White House states.

During his visit, Joe Biden will reflect on the progress in cleaning efforts in the area. Also, the White House announced that it is pursuing legal regulations addressing safety requirements for trains carrying hazardous materials.

The specific time of President's visit to East Palestine is yet to be revealed.

The White House's Response is a Betrayal, Trump Says

As "The Repository" notes, Joe Biden underwent criticism from East Palestine's residents for not visiting the region. Many of the site's inhabitants support Donald Trump. The former President came to the area shortly after the derailment and called the White House's feedback a "betrayal," "The Repository" suggests.


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