Frightening Illnesses Infect Ohio Locals After Train Derailment Toxic Spill

The February 3 disaster near the town of East Palestine, Ohio has caused shocking illnesses among the locals. Many are having great trouble breathing, while no proper medical help is available to them, a report reveals.

Terrible Poisoning with Deadly Chemicals

The toxic chemicals catastrophe almost a month ago has been like a “nuclear” blast to the local community of nearly 5,000, according to environmental experts.

Meanwhile, the federal emergency administration, FEMA, has rejected the Republican Ohio governor’s pleas for help, claiming the disaster had to be of “natural” origin for it to react.

At the same time, locals continue to struggle with the aftermath of the devastating calamity, which has apparently taken a very heavy toll on their individual health, a report by The New York Post reveals.

The report starts by introducing 40-year-old local Wade Lovett, an auto dealer, who is distributing bottled water with Tawnya Irwin, 45, his fiancée.

Because of the toxic chemicals he inhaled in the train derailment disaster, Wade’s voice is now high-pitched, sounding “like Mickey Mouse,” but what’s worse is he has great trouble breathing, especially at night.

He has a feeling like he’s drowning. He has been coughing up phlegm “a lot” since the catastrophe. Yet, there is no facility in East Palestine to assess his toxic poisoning condition. He even lost his job since the local doctor refused to allow him to go to work.

It is noted that the residents of East Palestine, Ohio have been “frustrated and furious,” due to the failure of the Biden administration and local officials to relieve their situation.

Train Company ‘Nuked’ the Town

Jami Cozza, 46, a local leading efforts to fight for the community, says many of her 47 close relatives in the town are experiencing health issues due to the “chemical fire,” not to mention the “psychic toll.”

A scientist who visited the town compared the disaster to the 1978 “Love Canal” case in which a neighborhood in Niagara Falls, New York saw its population get sick because of a contaminated waste dump.

Last week, the town was visited by famous environmental activist Erin Brockovich, who held a town hall there – but the locals still have more faith in Cozza.

Cozza tells the story of her 91-year-old grandmother who lived in her house for 56 years before the disaster occurred. She had to move to a hotel after trying to clean up the chemical stains from her furniture.

Even though the locals’ evacuation ended on the 8th of February and they were told they could safely return home, many began having sore throats and rashes

The report quotes a Texas A&M University analysis using Environmental Protection Agency data, which showed the air in East Palestine contained nine chemicals that could cause long-term health problems.

Much of the residents’ battle now focuses on the decision of the Norfolk Southern company to “nuke” the community with a “controlled explosion” of the deadly chemicals.

The locals wonder whether that was the right choice or whether the freight train operator did it to reduce the cost of the cleaning up. As a result, hundreds of East Palestine residents have joined in on a class action lawsuit against Norfolk Southern.


This article appeared in The State Today and has been published here with permission.