Tanker Mishap Unleashes Hazardous Spill from East Palestine Train Crash Site

Early morning on January 2, 2024, chaos unfolded in Geauga County, Ohio, as a tanker truck, on its way to dispose of hazardous waste from the East Palestine train derailment in February 2023, took a spill. The truck, lying on its side, left about five gallons of dangerous liquid sprawled across the road.

Crash Scene Drama

The Russell Township Fire Department’s alert came in at 5:17 a.m., reporting a truck toppled and tangled in power lines after colliding with a utility pole. The driver, whisked away to a Mayfield Heights hospital, miraculously emerged with minor injuries. The specifics of the accident remained shrouded in mystery.

Firefighters took charge, shutting down a stretch of Chillicothe Road for hours to tackle the aftermath. The cleanup mission focused on containing the aftermath of the spill, an estimated “four to five gallons” of Class-9 hazardous material. Some sources hinted it might be contaminated rainwater, a diverse category the US Department of Transportation bundles miscellaneous hazardous materials, including asbestos, under.

Could’ve Been Worse

Considering the potential disaster, luck was on their side. The truck, holding a whopping 5,000 gallons of hazardous liquid, could have wreaked havoc far beyond the current spill.

On-Going Cleanup Effort Takes a Hit

The ill-fated truck was part of an ongoing initiative to remediate the aftermath of the February 2023 train crash in East Palestine. En route to a disposal facility in northwestern Ohio, it carried the remnants of a disaster that saw 11 train cars release a staggering 100,000 gallons of toxic waste, including butyl acrylate. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) attributed the accident to an axle-related issue, prompting the evacuation of thousands in the vicinity.