Sunday Night: Evacuation Order in East Palestine Stepped Up
EAST PALESTINE, Ohio (News Talk 1480 WHBC) – A greater sense of urgency in East Palestine last evening.
That’s where village and county leaders and even the governor are urging those remaining in their homes in a one-mile radius of the train derailment fire to leave their homes immediately.
A drastic temperature change in one of the rail cars containing vinyl chloride led to the decision to force a mandatory evacuation.
Sheriff’s deputies were going door-to-door, and the National Guard was deployed in the effort.
They say an explosion in that rail car could send shrapnel traveling for up to a mile.
The East Palestine Junior and Senior High School building began to fill up last night, with a third room being set up to house evacuees .
The Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office says those with children who refuse to evacuate them could be subject to arrest.
The NTSB, Ohio EPA, Hazmat crews and others are among the 68 agencies on scene.