Residents of East Palestine, Ohio have been reporting bizarre symptoms following the Feb. 3 Norfolk Southern train derailment and subsequent toxic explosion, the NY Post reports.
"Doctors say I definitely have the chemicals in me but there’s no one in town who can run the toxicological tests to find out which ones they are," said 40-year-old Wade Lovett, whose high-pitched voice now sounds as if he's been inhaling helium.
Leading the charge to fight for the community is 46-year-old Jami Cozza, a lifelong East Palestinian who counts 47 close relatives here. Many of them are facing health issues from the chemical fire as well as the psychic toll of their town becoming, in the words of a scientist visiting the area Thursday, the new “Love Canal” — a reference to the Niagara Falls, NY, neighborhood that became a hotbed issue in 1978 because people were getting sick from living above a contaminated waste dump. -NY Post
Many residents are also complaining of mystery rashes and sore throats after returning home following the lifting of evacuation orders on February 8.
"My fiancé was so sick that I almost took him to the hospital," Jami Cozza told the Post. "Not only am I fighting for my family’s life, but I. When I’m walking around hearing these stories, they’re not from people. They’re from my family. They’re from my friends that I’ve have grown up with," she said. "People are desperate right now. "
"What they could have done and should have done is remove all the vinyl chloride from the train cars and put them in secure containment vessels," said Rene Rocha of the Morgan & Morgan law firm, one of the lead attorneys on the class-action case. "They then should have excavated tons of soil and monitored and remediated the soil and groundwater."