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Many Return Home After Ohio Railcar Leak

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WILLARD, Ohio (AP) - Most of the estimated 425 Ohio families evacuated after a train derailment and chemical spill are back in their homes.
    
However, about three dozen homes closest to the scene of Tuesday night's derailment in Willard remain off-limits and residents could be out of their homes until late Friday.
    
Gov. John Kasich was briefed by officials in Willard and he visited with evacuated families having a Thanksgiving dinner provided by the railroad at the high school. Kasich says the evacuation and cleanup has been handled well and could serve as a model for emergency crews.
    
An area of more than 425 homes was evacuated after the train derailment damaged a railcar that leaked styrene monomer, a flammable liquid that is used to make various plastic and rubber products.
    
No injuries were reported.
   

ORIGINAL STORY:

WILLARD, Ohio (AP) - Hundreds of homes in a small northern Ohio city will remain evacuated into Thursday after a train derailment damaged a railcar that leaked flammable liquid.

A spokesman for CSX Corp. says the company is working through Wednesday night to clean up the spill in Willard, about 65 miles southwest of Cleveland.

Spokesman Gary Sease (SEE'-se) says four cars derailed at a rail yard late Tuesday while switching trains. He says the damaged car leaked about half of its 26,000 gallons of styrene monomer, which is used to make various plastic and rubber products.

Residents were told overnight to evacuate an area encompassing more than 425 homes.

Sease says CSX is providing hotels to the evacuees and offering a Thanksgiving meal to residents and first responders impacted by the spill.

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