Officials lift evacuation after Tennessee train derailment
MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Thousands of eastern Tennessee residents were returning home Friday after they were evacuated when a CSX train car carrying hazardous material derailed and caught fire.
An evacuation order has been lifted for about 5,000 people who live within a mile-and-a-half radius of the crash site, Maryville City Manager Greg McClain said during a Friday news conference. Most of those evacuated received urgent knocks at their doors between midnight and 6 a.m. Thursday by emergency workers who told them they should leave immediately.
The concern stemmed from the contents of the car that derailed: liquid acrylonitrile, a hazardous material used in multiple industrial processes including making plastics. It’s flammable and it’s dangerous if inhaled. The EPA says some effects of breathing acrylonitrile include headaches, dizziness, irritability and rapid heartbeat.
Officials said tests to monitor air quality have shown no danger to residents.
“It is safe to go home,” McClain said.
Eighty-seven people were treated at Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville, and 36 were admitted, hospital spokesman Josh West said. None had life-threatening injuries, but they were experiencing respiratory issues, skin irritation and nausea, West said.
APNewsBreak: Ohio looks overseas in search for lethal drugs
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio has explored overseas options in its search for lethal injection drugs no longer available in the U.S. despite a court ruling that banned such purchases, records show.
The prison where Ohio carries out executions successfully applied for an import license from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration late last year in its search for lethal injection drugs, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press through an open records request. The license expires at the end of February next year.
“Law enforcement purpose,” Richard Theodore, prisons agency policy adviser, said on a DEA questionnaire in November, prompted for the reason for applying.
The state declined to comment directly on the license, saying only it was still looking for lethal drugs.
“Ohio continues to seek the drugs necessary to carry out court ordered executions. This process has included pursuing multiple options,” JoEllen Smith, a spokeswoman for the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, said in an email.
In May, Nebraska’s governor confirmed the state had obtained sodium thiopental from India. But two weeks later, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the state cannot legally import a drug needed to carry out lethal injection.
Police identify motel intruder shot by ex-CNN reporter
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The man fatally shot by a former CNN reporter at an Albuquerque motel had fled parole in Tennessee, police said.
Tomorio Walton had absconded from parole out of Memphis, and it wasn’t clear how long he had been in New Mexico, Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Tanner Tixier (tih-SHAY) said late Thursday.
Chuck de Caro and his wife, Lynne Russell, were in their room when Walton, 27, allegedly tried to rob them, authorities said.
In a telephone interview with The Associated Press, Russell said her husband was shot three times and was recovering at a hospital.
“He’s in a lot of pain,” she said. “He took three shots, including a couple to the abdomen. But magically, his organs were not affected.”
“He’s my hero. He saved my life,” Russell added.
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