Ohio Rail Crews Vent Toxic Chemicals To Avert Explosion

The Wall Street Journal reports:

A team of experts released a chemical from five tanker cars and ignited it Monday afternoon to prevent a potentially catastrophic explosion following a train derailment Friday along the border of Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine maintained a mandatory evacuation Monday for residents within a one-mile radius of East Palestine, an Ohio village of nearly 5,000 people, after 50 cars of a Norfolk Southern Corp. train derailed Friday at about 9 p.m., causing a chemical fire.

A team led by Norfolk Southern set charges on five tanker cars to drain vinyl chloride—a colorless gas that can easily burn and is used to make polyvinyl chloride hard-plastic resin—into a trench, where the chemical was ignited with flares and burned off.

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