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Former Eagle reporter on edge of evacuation zone

Two of Rachel Wagoner's lambs rest their heads. Submitted photo

Rachel Wagoner, a former Butler Eagle and Cranberry Eagle reporter, lives the bucolic yet hardworking life at a 500-acre farm she and her husband, Chris, manage in Darlington, Beaver County.

On Monday, she thought about her three ewes that were due to give birth, or “lamb,” as she drove home from dropping off her two young children at day care.

She soon learned of a large train derailment just a short distance away in East Palestine, Ohio, and the accompanying release of noxious gases from the burning train cars.

The farm was not in the evacuation zone, but sits close to it.

The Wagoners talked about what to do and topped off all the cattle and sheep feed boxes in case the family had to be evacuated for a day or so.

“The state said we are going to be OK, but can we evacuate all our animals in two hours?” Wagoner asked. “The answer is no.”

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