Life has been thrown out of gear for residents of a small Ohio town after a train carrying toxic chemicals derailed earlier this month.
The head of Norfolk Southern, the train's operator, and Ohio's governor participated in CNN's town hall,
which was hosted partially in East Palestine, a small Ohio community that faced fire the day after the February 3 train crash.
Had to do saw. Angry and frustrated residents grilled Gov.
Mike DeWine and Norfolk Southern CEO Alan Shaw over key concerns,
including air and water safety, cleanup efforts and whether chemicals released after
the accident could have long-term health effects on their families and children. Did.
Jim Stewart, a lifelong 65-year-old former Palestine resident,
said he is angry and dismayed by what happened to his hometown.
"I don't feel safe in this town anymore. You took it away from me," Stewart told Shaw during the town hall.
Stewart, who said he lives near the train crash site, said he experienced headaches
after smelling foul odors emanating from his home weeks after the derailment.