CSX Railcar Leak Leads to Mass Evacuation in Ohio

by Christopher Freeburn | November 27, 2013 11:24 am

CSX Railcar Leak Leads to Mass Evacuation in Ohio

train CSX Railcar Leak Leads to Mass Evacuation in Ohio[1]A leak in a chemical tanker car late last night has forced some residents of an Ohio town out of their homes[2].

About 400 homes in Willard have been evacuated, according to city officials. The local fire department was notified that styrene monomer was spilling from a four-inch hole in a 26,000-gallon railway tanker car owned by CSX (CSX[3]) at the city’s rail yard at 11:42 p.m. on Tuesday evening, the Marion Star noted.

CSX sent clean-up personnel to help local public safety teams at the scene of the spill.

Residents displaced by the leak of the highly flammable substance have been offered temporary shelter at a local high school.

Homes with a half mile radius of the rail yard were evacuated. Local officials said on Wednesday morning that the leak would require several additional hours to cleanup.

A Willard officials noted that there had been a minor derailment earlier on Tuesday, but could not confirm if the leak was linked to that event.

Shares of CSX rose modestly in Wednesday morning trading.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/train.jpg
  2. forced some residents of an Ohio town out of their homes: http://www.marionstar.com/article/20131127/NEWS01/311270006/CSX-chemical-spill-forces-evacuation-Willard
  3. CSX: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=CSX

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