Environmentalist Erin Brockovich will hold two meetings at City Hall later this week to speak to Ohio and Pennsylvania residents affected by the Feb. 3 train derailment in East Palestine.
The first City Hall meeting is scheduled for Thursday from 16:30 to 18:30. in Pennsylvania, at Blackhawk High School, 500 Blackhawk Road, Beaver Falls.
A second City Hall is scheduled for Thursday from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm in Ohio at the Theater on Main Street, 5 N Main St., Columbiana.
Residents who have been affected and want to attend any event you need to register here.
Brockovich will be joined by Jessica Conrad, a lifelong resident of East Palestine who “raised her voice for her community after the crash and assumed an official role as an advocate for the East Palestine community of justice.”
Residents will be able to speak with representatives from Bevan & Associates, as well as Mikal Watts, Trial Attorney, for questions regarding legal action options.
Dozens of vehicles, including 10 carrying hazardous materials, derailed in a fiery crash on February 3 in East Palestine. Vinyl chloride was later released into the air from five of those vehicles before crews set it on fire to get rid of the flammable toxic chemicals in a controlled environment, creating a dark plume of smoke.
Residents in nearby areas in Ohio and Pennsylvania were evacuated due to health risks from the smoke, but were told on February 8 that it was safe to return home.
The National Transportation Safety Board has since released its initial report on the derailment, stating that a train crew was attempting to stop a train in East Palestine when they received a warning that one of the carriage’s wheel bearings had overheated to a critical temperature of over 250 degrees above zero. ambient temperature.
CLICK HERE to read a previous News 5 report on a train derailment in Eastern Palestine.
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