Hundreds packed into a high school gym on Wednesday to demand answers in a town hall almost two weeks after a train derailment released toxic chemicals into their town, East Palestine, Ohio. Locals expressed concern about the environment and their health despite the fact that authorities said the threats posed by the chemical spill had been contained and posed little threat to the town’s residents. Kathy Dyke, an attendee, said: ‘I honestly feel that the Palestine, the police department, the fire department, all the first responders, they don’t have the answers to give us because I don’t think they know.’
Norfolk Southern, the company responsible for the crash, did not attend the meeting citing safety concerns, but has offered $1.5m in aid for the response. The company faces multiple lawsuits from residents.
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