The location of Friday’s train derailment in eastern Ohio was a hazardous materials scene Saturday, and a fire that raged overnight continued to smolder, officials said.
People living and working within one mile of the derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, were ordered to evacuate Friday. Those orders were still in effect Saturday as the scene was being monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency, the village’s mayor, Trent Conaway, said.
The burning chemical was identified as vinyl chloride, the village said in a news release Saturday afternoon. The flammable gas is used to make polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes, vehicle interior features such as upholstery, and plastic kitchenware.