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Willard remains under evacuation order that may continue into Thanksgiving
Railcar spill of highly flammable styrene led to evacuation of 400 households.
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


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In The Region:

Hundreds of Willard residents are still out of their homes this afternoon because of a hazardous chemical spill at a CSX railyard. Residents from about 400 households within a half-mile radius were evacuated to nearby hotels and a temporary shelter at the city’s high school. CSX official Gary Sease says the evacuation in the North Central Ohio town was called after four tanker cars derailed around 11:30 Tuesday night.

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“One of those cars leaked and lost some of the styrene monomer product. It’s a flammable product that was contained in this tank car (and) a significant  portion of that product was lost at the rail yard.”

The tanker was carrying 26,000 gallons of the chemical. No one has been injured in the derailment or clean-up. At this point, it’s uncertain if the clean up will be finished in time for the residents to return home before Thanksgiving. Officials are holding a press conference at 5:30 this evening to update the situation.

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