It's coming on 4 months since the toxic train derailment in East Palestine. 

But crews are still hard at work as they continue to clean up the mess at ground zero. Members of the Ohio Rail Safety Committee toured the site Friday and were proud of what they saw while checking up on its progress. 

"They absolutely are doing the best they can," said Kristina Roegner, Ohio State Senator, (R-27). 

A handful of Ohio's Senate Rail Safety Committee members were impressed by the progress being made at the train derailment's ground zero in East Palestine.

Senators observed the remaining contaminated soil removal, man-made dams, water collection, and other actions working to make the area safe.

"It's very impressive what we see going on right now because within the last month and a half since the last time I was here, as you can see we have the second line that they ripped completely out," said Mike Rulli, Ohio State Senator, (R-33). 

"You can't begin to appreciate the scale of this undertaking, just how much dirt they're moving, and just the size of this operation until you stood here on ground zero," Roegner said.

"I live 5 houses from the railroad tracks in Lakewood, and from what I know being here, this can happen anywhere," said Nicki Antonio, Ohio State Senator, (D-23). 

That's why Senator Nicki Antonio said it's important to learn how to prevent a similar tragedy and support all first responders in the cleanup process.

"I think the first responders absolutely need more resources, they need an integrated 911 system of some sort," Antonio said.

Rulli said Norfolk Southern is off to a good start in helping the community but it's a long road ahead.

"We have to make sure all the invoices are paid and that everyone's made right," Rulli said. "Norfolk Southern, so far, they're doing right by the people who just agreed to pay for the evaluation of everyone's houses, so, we're moving in the right direction."

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