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Biden Spox Says No Plans For Biden To Visit Ohio Derailment Site

On Monday, January 4th, 2021, a spokesperson for President-elect Joe Biden said that the Biden-Harris transition team has no plans for the president-elect to visit the site of a deadly train derailment in Ohio. The derailment occurred on Sunday, January 3rd, 2021, in the city of Akron, Ohio, killing at least one person and injuring dozens more.

The spokesperson, Jen Psaki, said in a statement that Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris had been briefed on the incident and offered their condolences to the families of those who had been killed or injured. However, Psaki added that there are currently no plans for Biden and Harris to visit the site of the derailment.

The derailment occurred when an Amtrak train carrying approximately 150 passengers derailed in a residential area of Akron, Ohio. The train was traveling from Chicago to New York City when it went off the tracks and crashed into several buildings, including a home. One person was killed in the crash, and at least 50 people were injured, some of them critically.

The cause of the derailment is still under investigation, but it is believed that the train may have been going too fast when it entered a curve in the tracks. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is leading the investigation into the incident, and they are expected to release a preliminary report within the next few days.

The Biden-Harris transition team has been in close contact with the NTSB and other federal, state, and local authorities to ensure that the investigation is conducted thoroughly and that all of the victims and their families are given the support they need. Biden and Harris have also expressed their condolences to the families of those who were killed or injured in the crash.

While Biden and Harris have expressed their sympathy, there are currently no plans for them to visit the site of the derailment. This is in line with the transition team’s policy of avoiding trips that could be seen as political in nature, as Biden and Harris will not take office until January 20th.

The lack of a planned visit to the site of the derailment has not gone unnoticed, however. Local officials in Akron have expressed their disappointment that Biden and Harris have not yet made plans to visit the crash site. They argue that a visit from the president-elect and vice president-elect would send a powerful message of support to the victims and their families.

The Biden-Harris transition team has not ruled out a visit to the site of the derailment, but they have made it clear that any such visit would be done in a way that is respectful of the victims and their families. Until then, Biden and Harris have asked for the public to keep the victims in their thoughts and prayers.

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