The train engineer put the brakes on and the automatic braking system activated, the report said. But the train still derailed and was engulfed in a huge fireball, near the town of East Palestine, on 3 February.
‘We just need answers’: distrust grows in Ohio town after toxic train derailment
Fifty of the train’s 149 cars derailed, with 11 of the derailed cars carrying huge quantities of toxic chemicals, prompting an evacuation order and a declaration of a state of emergency in the Ohio town, which has been gripped by fears of toxic water and air, despite assurances from state and federal officials that the area is largely safe.
Some residents have since returned amid fears about immediate and longer-term health risks.