Hundreds Still Out Of Their Homes After Railcar Leak

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

WILLARD, Ohio (AP) - Hundreds of people in northern Ohio evacuated because of a leak of a flammable liquid from a railcar could still be out of their homes on Thanksgiving day.

They had to leave their homes overnight, and sought shelter with friends and family, at the high school or in local motels.

One woman tells The Blade newspaper in Toledo, "Most likely we're not going to have Thanksgiving with our family."

No injuries were reported from the leak, which authorities believe may have been caused by Tuesday night's derailment of four cars at a rail yard.

The tanker that leaked was carrying about 26,000 gallons of a liquid (styrene monomer) that's used to make various plastic and rubber products.

The city manager in Willard says the liquid leaked from a 4-inch hole for several hours before it was resealed.

Officials say the cleanup could take a while, possibly into Thursday.

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