February 16, 2023

Multiple reports say that authorities are responding to a massive train derailment in Van Buren Township, Michigan. Only one car in the train was carrying hazardous materials, reportedly showing no sign of leaking or damage at this time. Authorities are asking people to avoid the area. The Michigan derailment comes less than two weeks after a train carrying toxic chemicals derailed in East Palestine, Ohio.

Thus far, the cause of the derailment is not immediately clear. Police told Fox2 Detroit that there were no injuries and the area was not a hazmat situation. According to the outlet, at least six cars were seen off the track, said one of them was carrying hazardous materials.

Via Fox News:

"We are also in touch with the relevant federal authorities, including the EPA," Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., said in a statement obtained by Fox2 Detroit.

"At this time, no one is aware of the release of any hazardous materials, the car carrying hazardous material has been put upright and is being removed from the area of the other derailed cars, and EPA is dispatching a team to ensure public safety," she said.

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy also said it is "aware of the train derailment in Van Buren Township, Wayne County, where initial reports indicate no threat to the public from the derailment.

"EGLE personnel are on their way to the scene to assist in assessing the situation," it added.

We're not sure what happened in Michigan. Still, John Amato wrote a post about Trump deregulating Obama's era rules that tried to get better braking systems for trains carrying hazardous materials. And that could be directly linked to the Ohio derailment.

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