Residents of East Palestine, Ohio were forced to evacuate their homes on Sunday after a train carrying hazardous materials derailed and caught fire. Officials are concerned that the fire could result in an explosion, and the Ohio National Guard has been activated to help with the evacuation.
The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that the derailment was caused by a mechanical defect. The train was carrying, among other things, a toxic chemical that could pose a serious threat to the area if it is released into the environment.
Residents of the area have been warned to stay away from the wreckage and to remain in their homes with their windows closed. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is monitoring the air quality in the area and has advised residents to limit time spent outdoors.
The situation is still unfolding, and officials are urging residents to remain vigilant and to follow all evacuation orders.
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