Disasters

published : 2023-09-05

East Palestine residents express frustration as Biden delays visit to site of major train derailment

Residents demand federal support after catastrophic accident

A photo of the aftermath of the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, showing the wreckage and spewed toxic chemicals. (Taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark IV)

Residents of East Palestine, Ohio, are speaking out against President Biden's decision to delay visiting the site of a devastating train derailment that occurred in February. The accident resulted in the release of toxic chemicals and raised concerns about the health and environment of the community.

During an interview with 'FOX & Friends', local residents Courtney Miller, DJ Yokley, and Jami Wallace shared their struggles since the disaster and openly criticized Biden for claiming he couldn't visit due to his busy schedule.

While surveying hurricane damage in Florida, Biden defended his decision, stating, 'I haven't had the occasion to go to East Palestine. There's a lot going on here, and I just haven't been able to break.' He then mentioned his upcoming trips to India and Vietnam.

Residents of East Palestine holding signs demanding federal support and justice in front of the train crash site. (Taken with Nikon D850)

Dr. Nicole Saphier, the guest host on 'FOX & Friends,' challenged Biden's excuse, pointing out that he has taken numerous vacations during his presidency. Miller, one of the affected residents, expressed her fear of consequences and mentioned that many people in the area have fallen ill since the derailment.

Yokley added, 'This guy has actively not shown any compassion or moral value to anything. Emotionally, physically, he hasn’t shown up, and there’s been no help for us economically or with our residents.'

Wallace, president of the Unity Council for the East Palestine Train Derailment, called for federal support for the community. She emphasized the neglect of residents' needs, saying, 'We are here. We are still sick. We do have unmet needs.' Wallace also stated that she no longer cares if Biden visits, as he has already insulted the community.

Aerial view of the East Palestine community, highlighting the environmental impact caused by the train derailment. (Taken with Sony Alpha a7 III)

The residents demand federal assistance and express their disappointment in the president's lack of empathy. They hope for a resolution that will address their ongoing struggles and enable them to recover from the traumatic event.