In Ohio, a 50-car train derailed, causing a large fire and evacuations.
An Ohio community near the Pennsylvania state border received an evacuation order and a state of emergency on Friday night as a result of a railway wreck and ensuing big fire. The region was enveloped in billows of smoke that were orange in color from the fires below.
A train from Madison, Illinois, to Conway, Pennsylvania, carrying a variety of freight, derailed near East Palestine, according to a statement from rail operator Norfolk Southern on Saturday. What precipitated the disaster was unknown at the time. There were no reported injuries.
East Palestine's mayor, Trent Conaway, issued the proclamation, citing a "train derailment involving dangerous chemicals." Twenty of the train's more than 100 carriages, according to Norfolk Southern, were labeled as carrying hazardous items, which are characterized as cargo that may provide any form of risk, "including flammables, combustibles, or environmental concerns."