On February 4, 2023, a train carrying freight from Illinois to Pennsylvania, derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, causing a large fire that led to an evacuation order and declaration of a state of emergency. The train was operated by Norfolk Southern and was carrying over 100 cars, 20 of which contained hazardous materials. The derailment occurred in a residential area and the incident has had a significant impact on the lives of residents in East Palestine.
Mayor Trent Conaway declared a state of emergency and ordered the evacuation of a one-mile zone surrounding the derailment. Air quality has caused residents to experience issues with breathing and headaches, among other symptoms. The incident also created so much smoke that it was visible on weather radar.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) launched an investigation into the derailment.
Wright & Schulte Attorney Roger Denton has been instrumental in holding train companies like Norfolk Southern accountable for environmental violations, safety violations, and employee misconduct for over 30 years.
Denton has an extensive track record of fighting for the rights of individuals affected by incidents like the East Palestine train derailment. He is well-versed in the intricacies of railroad law and has successfully represented clients against Norfolk Southern in multiple cases, achieving significant victories for his clients.
If you or someone you know has been affected by the East Palestine train derailment and fire, it is important to consult a qualified attorney to understand your legal options. Attorney Roger Denton at Wright & Schulte is an experienced litigator who can help you navigate the legal process and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Read more about the case: NPR.org
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