by Christopher Freeburn | November 27, 2013 11:24 am
A leak in a chemical tanker car late last night has forced some residents of an Ohio town out of their homes.
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) 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.
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