On Sunday, a few shattered carriages, mangled and overturned, were the only remnants of the tragedy.
“This is very, very tragic. I have never seen anything like this in my career," said Sudhanshu Sarangi, the director of Odisha state’s fire and emergency department.
The disaster response has not only been flawed — it is one big conflict of interest.
Chemicals from the derailed cars and firefighting foam seeped into creeks and rivers near the village, with some eventually ending up in the Ohio River.
Multiple cars on a BNSF freight train came off the tracks early Thursday morning, prompting evacuations within half a mile of the crash site in Raymond.
State officials estimated that up to 5,000 gallons may have leaked, though the train company said it's far less. The incident came hours after another BNSF derailment.
BNSF Railway says a freight train carrying corn syrup, not hazardous material, derailed in western Arizona, near the state’s border with California and Nevada.
The transportation board is investigating the railroad giant, which experienced several recent accidents that include the derailment in East Palestine, Ohio.
The company and local officials said there was no threat to the public following the derailment.
Norfolk Southern's CEO insisted his company will improve safety and "do what's right" after the disastrous train derailment in Ohio, but outlined few specifics.