Ohio Truck Carrying Toxic Soil From East Palestine Overturns, Spills Load

EAST PALESTINE, Ohio (WKBN) – A truck carrying toxic soil from the East Palestine train derailment site has overturned in Columbiana County. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a commercial vehicle hauling 40,000 pounds of contaminated soil from the train derailment site was involved in a crash on state Route 165.

The northbound tractor-trailer traveled off the roadway and overturned onto its right side. Highway Patrol estimates that approximately 20,000 pounds of soil spilled onto the roadway and berm.

The driver in the crash sustained minor injuries, according to Highway Patrol.


The Ohio EPA is currently on the scene of a tanker crash in Unity Township in which toxic soil from the East Palestine train derailment spilled into the area.

The crash occurred on Route 165 between Heck Road and Brushville Road. 

The truck was traveling northbound when its right-side tires went off the roadway. The driver attempted to steer back on the road when the truck overturned on its right side spilling the soil.

The truck overturned near where the train derailed, which is just south of the Boardman, Poland area.


UPDATE: The driver, 74-year-old Phillip S. Falck of McDonald, Pennsylvania, sustained minor injuries due to the crash and was cited for operating a vehicle without reasonable control.

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