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Freight train derails in Springfield, Ohio, shelter lifted

A freight train derailed in Springfield, Ohio, destroying power lines and powering more than 1,500 homes, local officials said. The shelter that had been issued was subsequently lifted.

The accident occurred Saturday at 4:54 pm on Ohio 41 near Prime Ohio Business Park in Springfield, about 80 miles northeast of Cincinnati, when 28 of a 212-car freight train derailed.

It was not immediately clear what the train was carrying, but Norfolk Southern spokesman Thomas Closon said it contained no dangerous goods and no one was injured.

Despite the statement, the Clark County Emergency Management Department has used due caution to evacuate residents within 1,000 feet of the derailment.Advice lifted after 2am

Four tankers were found to contain non-dangerous goods, including residual amounts of diesel exhaust fluid and aqueous polyacrylamide solution. “At this time, there are no indications of injury or public health risk,” the agency said.

“We are also aware of regional power outages due to power line downs,” the agency added. More than 1,500 of his homes in Clark County were affected by the power outage, which continued on Sunday morning.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he received calls from President Joe Biden and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg asking for federal help.

Railroad safety has become increasingly controversial following the devastating train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, on February 3rd. No one was killed, but the collision released hazardous material into the air and forced nearby residents to evacuate. Freight train derails in Springfield, Ohio, shelter lifted

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