The truth comes out about the train derailment in East Palestine

June 26 – The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a study yesterday about the East Palestine train derailment in Ohio last February where apparently a wheel bearing was responsible for the tragedy. 

A Norfolk Southern train, carrying a number of harmful chemicals, contained a total of 151 cars, was 9,300 feet in length and weighed 18,000 tons, derailed on February 3, 2023, near East Palestine, Ohio. 

The wheel bearing had apparently been on fire for more than 20 miles – as the train was moving – but it wasn’t noticed because of faulty detectors. 

The derailment included almost 40 train cars. Because of the danger of the chemicals, officials performed a controlled release of the chemicals in five of the Norfolk Southern rail cars into the ground around the area. 

Since then, residents reported serious illnesses – some that continue to this day – all because of a wheel bearing and faulty detectors.  

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “NTSB just offered scathing remarks towards Norfolk Southern. They do not feel that the train company handled this well at all. They suggested that Norfolk Southern interfered with and even hampered the NTSB investigation. I thought notably, the NTSB also questioned whether that explosion and controlled burn was necessary. Their evidence was the temperatures in those rail cars were actually going down, and when the temperatures are going down, it’s often best just to leave it alone. But because they did that explosion and then controlled burn, it may have actually worsened the decision. NTSB did make a lot of recommendations yesterday that may get implemented at the federal level related to further railway safety.”

PA State Senator Doug Mastriano was a huge proponent of helping the citizens in the area. 

He said, “We’re hearing, of course, that a decision was made that didn’t need to be made. That this quote, unquote, this Madison Avenue talking point, a controlled burn. There was nothing controlled about that burn. It was an uncontrolled burn. When they ignited those derailed cars with highly toxic, poisonous, cancerous chemicals that when burned, they turned into phosgene, which is a World War I gas Germans used to kill Americans, British and French on the Western Front, and to say this was a good idea when they didn’t need to. We found out from the NTSB and the report that came out that the cars, well, the excuse was, and my committee subpoenaed Alan Shaw, the CEO of Norfolk Southern. We had him testify in Harrisburg. He promised to make everything right, and he said under oath that they made that decision because they were afraid that there could be a catastrophic explosion, that the cars were basically now, this is my words, not his, that they were getting hotter and it was dangerous, so they had to go ahead and seize the initiative and burn them. We came to find out, NTSB and others said, no, those derailed cars were actually cooling down and stabilizing. I do believe all along that it was a business decision. It was a decision like, how long will it take us to get these derailed cars off the tracks? If we carefully remove the chemicals and drain the tank slowly, probably weeks, or if we burn it, we can have the trains running in a couple days. I think it was just to get the trains running again. Furthermore, we found out from researchers from various universities that these toxic chemicals spread through up to 11 different states. This is no surprise, because in that same hearing with Alan Shaw, I had other members testify. I had a professor from one of these most renowned universities, he was telling us how as trains are moving, if you have toxin molecules off near the tracks, the trains pull those toxins with them. We were told even mushroom spores will end up hundreds of miles down the tracks just by trains moving, with the breeze and the wind they bring with them. This is serious, and there’s no amount of money that can restore the lives and bring life back to these family members that have suffered.”