Animals near the site of an Ohio train derailment, which released toxic chemicals into the air, are reportedly falling sick and dying, leading to concerns about the potential health impacts on humans.
The derailed train spilled deadly chemicals including highly toxic vinyl chloride and hydrogen chloride. Inhaling vinyl chloride fumes can lead to dizziness, nausea, headaches and breathing difficulties, and can cause cancer of the liver and other organs.
The Environmental Protection Agency conducted a controlled burn to avoid a potential explosion and conducted constant air-monitoring tests, which showed no toxic threats, allowing residents to return to their homes after a mandatory evacuation.
However, reports of dead animals outside the original evacuation zone continue to raise concerns.
Environmental experts warn of the dangers of exposure to the toxic chemicals, leading to fears about long-term impacts on human health.