Thankfully, no train officials, first responders, or residents have so far been injured, but this derailment and its subsequent toxic gas release will put people at extreme risk in the future. It cannot go unsaid that this incident comes as rail corporations and Congress are rejecting rail workers' requests for paid sick leave, a simple measure that would significantly benefit safety in the sector. Action should be taken to reduce the risk of future incidents like this.
This derailment is concerning, but very rare when considering the vast majority of freight deliveries are made successfully every year. All authorities involved have sprung into action, and it's now the duty of those in the area to heed official warnings and evacuate if they live in the danger zone.