Emergency workers work near the east end of the CSX train yard in Willard, Ohio. Hundreds of homes were evacuated after a railcar, possibly damaged in a derailment, leaked flammable liquid in a rail yard.
WILLARD, Ohio -- All evacuations lingering from a chemical spill Tuesday night in a railroad yard here have been lifted.
Residents of several dozen houses closest to where a railroad tank car that ruptured after derailing, spilling about 13,000 gallons of styrene monomer, were allowed home starting shortly before noon today, according to a CSX Transportation statement.
Evacuation orders initially affected about 400 residences whose occupants were forced out during the wee hours Wednesday. Most were allowed home Thursday afternoon. Officials said the evacuations were precautionary because of the chemical's high flammability and irritating vapor.
Anyone still desiring air-quality testing of his or her home should contact the Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health at 1-888-959-8351 to schedule a test, CSX said.
CSX has opened an Outreach Center at Christian Alliance Church, 1609 Conwell Ave., where residents affected by the evacuation may file compensation claims with the railroad. Applicants should provide picture identification, proof of residency, and receipts if available.
Efforts to remove styrene, a chemical used in the manufacture of plastics and synthetic rubber, kept two of three main tracks through the Willard railroad yard closed today. Some trains were diverted to other routes to bypass the bottleneck.