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Train derails in Texas as it collided with an 18-Wheeler leaving the driver deceased



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An 18-wheeler collided with a train early Monday morning in the small town of Splendora, Texas. Twenty-One train cars derailed and the truck driver did not survive the collision according to reports.

This collision came 10 days after the Ohio train derailment which sent toxic chemicals into the air and the surrounding areas. According to Fox News, The Montgomery County Sheriff’s office started fielding 911 calls about the wreck around 7:24 a.m. The truck driver was already dead when authorities arrived to the scene of the collision but no other individuals were harmed in the accident.

According to emergency responders the collision does not pose a threat to the surrounding community unlike the case in Ohio, putting to ease the worries the community had after seeing the reports in East Palestine, Ohio. According to Union Pacific spokesperson Robynn Tysver, they had hazmat teams on the scene and it is estimated that around 100 gallons of diesel released from the 18-wheeler involved in the collision.

Lt. Troy Teller of the Splendora Police Department stated, “From what we’re being told and shown, there’s no major chemicals to be concerned about,” Teller continued to say, “It’s more so household chemicals on board for retail purposes. It’s not a large quantity from what we’re being told,” according to reports from Houston Public Media.

According to Lt. Teller, several area of the trains tracks were damaged and that operational abilities of the track could resume as early as Tuesday morning. There is an ongoing investigation into the circumstances of what caused the crash. According to reports there are no railroad arms at the scene of where the event took place and that only a yield sign stands at the site.

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Electric Vehicle company with Chinese ties awarded $500 million of taxpayer money for 2nd U.S. plant



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With a little help from their Democrat friends, a Chinese electric vehicle (EV) battery company with ties to the Chinese Communist Party just announced the opening of its second plant in the United States.

Fox News reports Gotion Inc., whose parent company Gotion High-Tech is based in Hefei, China, unveiled plans to build a $2 billion lithium battery plant in Manteno, Illinois, alongside Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who cheered the project.

The announcement comes amid growing opposition to the company’s plans to build a billion-dollar factory in Mecosta County, Michigan.

In order to make the expansion happen, lobbyists for the Chinese Communist Party-tied electric vehicle company funneled cash to Democrats. “Individuals at a law firm registered as foreign agents to lobby on behalf of Gotion, a Chinese electric vehicle battery company developing a controversial project in Michigan, and wired campaign contributions to several top Democrats” reports Fox News.

“According to state and federal filings, Monique Field-Foster, an attorney at the Lansing office of the Warner Norcross + Judd law firm who is acting as a foreign agent on behalf of Gotion, donated to the campaigns of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Whitmer’s sister Liz Gereghty and Michigan Democratic Senate hopeful Rep. Elissa Slotkin” the Fox News report continued.

“In partnership with the business community and the General Assembly, two years ago we set out to make Illinois a destination for electric vehicle and clean energy companies from across the globe,” Pritzker said in a statement.

“With the right incentives, nation-leading infrastructure, world-class workforce and booming clean energy production, we have transformed ourselves into an attractive location for global manufacturers. Today, we take another leap forward. It’s my pleasure to welcome Gotion to Illinois and to show the world yet again that Illinois is ready to be a player on the world stage.”

Pritzker delivered remarks late last week thanking Gotion for choosing Illinois to call “home” in a ceremony with leaders from Gotion High-Tech, including Li Zhen, the company’s chairman and president, who said he expected the factory to open in less than 12 months.

“All that we see here [in Illinois] are of enormous value to us: an enabling business environment, a supportive state government for the new energy industry and their highly efficient work, as well as the prospects of the State of Illinois in the coming years,” the Gotion president added. “We believe that Gotion’s battery technology will help to boost e-mobility in North America and the economic and trade exchanges between China and the U.S.”

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