A truck carrying about 40,000 pounds of contaminated soil from the site of an Ohio train derailment, in which authorities released toxic chemicals into the area to prevent an explosion, overturned on a highway this week, authorities said.
The commercial vehicle was heading north on State Route 165 when it veered off the road and flipped onto its right side, the Ohio Emergency Management Agency reported. saying in a statement, citing the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The incident unfolded Monday in Unity Township, an NBC affiliate. wfmjbased in Youngstown, Ohio, reported.
The driver suffered minor injuries in the incident and about 20,000 pounds of contaminated soil spilled onto the road and shoulder, the emergency management agency said.
The Ohio EPA determined the spill had been contained and was not considered a threat to nearby waterways, the emergency management agency said.
A local fire crew and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency responded to the accident, he said.
The driver was cited for operating a vehicle without reasonable control, wfmj informed.
Early Monday, the emergency management agency reported that around 17,300 tons of excavated soil was ready to be removed from eastern Palestine. He said 19,900 tons of dirt had already been removed.
The February 3 train derailment in eastern Palestine sparked a huge reaction within the community, including a series of lawsuits alleging that the controlled release of toxic chemicals put the health and safety of residents at risk, and some reported persistent cough, chest pain, and other symptoms. .
The federal government sued Norfolk Southern, the railroad company involved in the incident, in March, blaming it for the derailment and the subsequent release of toxic chemicals.
The Department of Justice, acting on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency, filed a civil complaint about two weeks after the the state of Ohio took similar action against the railway company.
Since the derailment, multiple trains have derailed across the country, raising concerns about rail safety in the US.