Breaking: Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg “Finally” Condemned The Michigan Shooting Incident After 12 Hours And the Ohio Train Disaster After 10 Days

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On Tuesday, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg condemned the Michigan State shooting nearly 12 hours after the horrible incident. 

The shooting incident occurred on February 14th at Michigan State University, in which three students lost their lives and several others were severely injured. 

Buttigieg Tweeted: 

“The last thing students should be worrying about is getting shot. News from Michigan State University is heartbreaking, and it is yet another maddening call to further action on gun violence in America. This has to end.” 

After facing severe criticism recently regarding his priorities amid the transportation disasters the nation is going through, Buttigieg was quick with the statement he issued concerning the Michigan State University shooting.

Last month, the FAA grounded over 11,000 flights, and a train derailment incident occurred in East Palestine, Ohio, on February 3.   

Many critics blasted Buttigieg for giving a ten days late response to the train derailment incident that released massive amounts of toxic gas into the air, which was controlled later by the authorities who burnt vinyl chloride to stem an explosion. 

A few days after the incident, locals are repeatedly reporting animal deaths and headaches, and other ill effects they are facing.

On Monday, in an on-stage appearance at the National Association of Counties Conference, Buttigieg, instead of stating the train accident, started focusing on problems like bipartisan infrastructure law and too many white men working in construction jobs. 

After getting criticized on several social media platforms, Buttigieg mentioned the train incident in a tweet. 

Buttigieg tweeted: 

“I continue to be concerned about the impacts of the Feb 3 train derailment near East Palestine, OH, and the effects on families in the ten days since their lives were upended through no fault of their own. It’s important that families have access to useful & accurate information.”

He added:

“USDOT has been supporting the investigation led by The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Our Federal Rail Administration and Pipelines and Hazardous Materials teams were onsite within hours of the initial incident and continue to be actively engaged.”

After the report was publicized on Tuesday, Buttigieg stated in a tweet that the Transportation Department employees have been aiding the reaction to the Norfolk Southern derailment “from day one.”

Buttigieg stated: 

“As [the National Transportation Safety Board] conducts its investigation and EPA works to keep residents safe, our Federal Rail and Pipeline and Hazardous Material teams will continue to offer their support.”

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