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Slideshow: East Palestine, a village in crisis

Scroll through to view scenes from the toxic train derailment that's forever changed this small community


By Nate Smallwood | Photography

Since the a catastrophic train derailment and fire Feb. 3, residents in the village East Palestine, Ohio have lived in a state of uncertainty.

Nearly one month later, they’ve returned to their homes after a brief evacuation but their lives will be upended for the foreseeable future as residents ask health officials, Norfolk Southern, and government leaders, and themselves: Is the town safe?

Nate Smallwood is a freelance photojournalist and documentary filmmaker.  Born in Columbus, Ohio, Nate earned a degree from Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication and previously worked for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Nate is a member of Diversity.Photo, National Association of Press Photographers (NPPA), Pittsburgh Black Media Federation ( PBMF), and Video Consortium.

His images have been used by Apple, National Geographic, NPR, ProPublica, The New York Times, Huffington-Post, PAPER Magazine, SIERRA, The Wall Street Journal, and other outlets.

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