In the days following the February 3rd train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, residents began voicing their serious concerns over the hazardous materials on board. Then, after local authorities prevented a catastrophic explosion by executing a controlled explosion, locals began to see signs of a serious ecological disaster in the making.
Fish and other aquatic animals were dying by the hundreds. Pet chickens were essentially “shutting down” and perishing overnight.
Then came the reports of burning eyes, itchy throats, coughing fits, and respiratory maladies of several different varieties.
Now, in a chilling new video, one resident of East Palestine’s voice has changed completely.
Wade Lovett’s been having trouble breathing since the Feb. 3 Norfolk South train derailment and toxic explosion here. In fact, his voice sounds as if he’s been inhaling helium.
His symptoms are scary.
“Doctors say I definitely have the chemicals in me but there’s no one in town who can run the toxicological tests to find out which ones they are,” Lovett, 40, an auto detailer, said in an extremely high-pitched voice. “My voice sounds like Mickey Mouse. My normal voice is low. It’s hard to breathe, especially at night. My chest hurts so much at night I feel like I’m drowning. I cough up phlegm a lot. I lost my job because the doctor won’t release me to go to work.”
Despite his health woes, Lovett and his fiancée, Tawnya Irwin, 45, spent last Thursday delivering bottled water to locals. They picked up new cases outside a home on East Clark Street which has become the heart of East Palestine’s homegrown campaign to fight back against the forces that upended the lives of roughly 4,700 residents and their animals.
The federal government has stepped in to oversee Norfolk Southern’s cleanup of the site, threatening the rail company with hellacious penalties should they fail to properly remedy the situation.
Wade Lovett’s vocal issues can be heard in the video below:
Ohio man Wade Lovett’s been having trouble breathing since the February 3 Norfolk South train derailment. His voice sounds like he’s been inhaling helium. His symptoms are mirror those of pulmonary edema, serious versions of which can be caused by exposure to certain chemicals. pic.twitter.com/S2sUNL17DW
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