The Norfolk Southern train was carrying 100,000 gallons of ultra-toxic and dangerous chemicals when it derailed in East Palestine. The chemicals dispersed into air, soil, and water. First responders identified the potential of a catastrophic tanker explosion and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued an evacuation order for anyone living within a mile of the derailment.
Norfolk Southern reported to Federal, State, and local governments that the only way to avoid a catastrophic tanker explosion was to conduct a controlled release and burn-off. They detonated explosive charges on these tankers causing them to spill out the chemicals into a trench and set it on fire. This detonation resulted in a large fiery explosion that formed plumes of thick black toxic smoke which filled the sky and rained down on people and property 30 miles in each direction, contaminating the air, soil, surfaces, and water of up to a half million people.
Area residents suffered personal injury, exposure to high concentrations of cancer-causing chemicals, had their property damaged and contaminated, businesses and jobs shut down. People, livestock, plants, crops, wildlife, water, and food supplies were affected.
Attorneys Chuck Boyk and Wes Merillat discuss the East Palestine class action lawsuit on episode 46 of the Boyk Brief Podcast, available on YouTube, Spotify, iHeart, Apple, Amazon, and other podcast platforms.