20,000 lbs. of contaminated soil from East Palestine spilled onto roadway after crash


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A dump truck driver was cited for operating a vehicle without reasonable control after after crashing while hauling contaminated soil from the East Palestine train derailment site.

Phillip Falck, 74, lost control around 1 p.m. Monday in the area of State Route 165 near Waterford Road, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers.

They say he was heading north when he traveled off the right side of the road, and struck a ditch and utility pole before overturning.

20,000 of the 40,000 pounds of contaminated soil Falck was transporting spilled onto the roadway, according to officials.

The Ohio EPA responded to the area for assistance, in addition to local firefighters. EPA officials said the spill was contained and not a threat to nearby waterways.