According to local authorities, the Northern Suffolk freight train crash in East Palestine, Ohio, earlier this month resulted in the deaths of more than 43,000 aquatic species.
According to Mary Mertz, director of Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources, about 3,000 dead fish were discovered in the streams near the town.
Mertz claimed that the state set up four stations for sample collection. She claimed that in order “to reduce harm to other wildlife that might feed on afflicted aquatic species,” the dead fish were disposed of in a certain way.
Using data from the American Fisheries Society, the ODNR estimated approximately 38,222 dead minnows in the 5-mile length between East Palestine and Little Beaver Creek.
The derailment has also killed 5,500 tiny fish, amphibians, and other creatures.
According to the state government, most fatalities likely happened within the first 24 hours following the derailment, and aquatic species had already begun returning to the area.
Mertz remarked that places outside the impact zone had not seen any dead aquatic life. Results of tests on other non-aquatic animals discovered dead nearby are still waiting.
The Norfolk Southern train derailed on the Ohio-Pennsylvania border, and many cars carrying hazardous chemicals caught fire.
Residents have reported experiencing health issues, and the deaths of pets, cattle, and other species after controlled fires released a more harmful gas into the air, raining down on the region.