Willard Chemical Cleanup Taking Longer Than Expected

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WILLARD, Ohio — Hundreds of residents have been evacuated from their homes after a train began leaking chemicals overnight.

Willard police say the evacuation order could stretch into Thanksgiving.

The evacuation was prompted when a rail car was damaged, leading to a leak at Willard Rail Yard on Main Street.

About 400 homes were evacuated to Willard High School. Residents were also instructed to evacuate to any area south of Tiffin Street.

As of 2 p.m.., city officials said the evacuation order was still in effect and expected to remain in place for what could be “a couple of days.”

The cleanup efforts were going slower than originally anticipated.

According to the City of Willard Twitter page, the leaked substance, styrene monomer, is highly flammable.

Officials say the scene borders Washburn Road to the west, Townline Road/Niver Road to the north, Second Street to the northeast, Myrtle Avenue to the Southeast and Tiffin Street to the south.

Residents were urged not to go west of Myrtle Avenue.

A professional clean-up crew hired by CSX is handling the situation.

Anyone needing evacuation assistance should call the Willard Police Department at 419-933-2561.

Anyone with pets or medications still in their homes should contact the police and efforts will be made to retrieve the animals/meds.

Stay with FOX 8 as more details become available.

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