Willard chemical spill: Residents in ‘limited area' allowed to return home, some could be out longer

WILLARD, Ohio - CSX crews and companies working for them spent the night cleaning a spill that left some Willard residents displaced this Thanksgiving.

By Thursday afternoon, most residents were able to return home.

Pleasant Street residents are the only ones who remain displaced. They will probably not be able to go back home until Friday night, the city said.

That street is the closest residential area to the spill and thus more work is needed there.

About 400 households were evacuated after a railcar containing highly flammable liquid developed a significant hole and the liquid poured out of a tank on the CSX train tracks on North Main Street early Wednesday morning.

A free Thanksgiving dinner will be held for anyone impacted by the spill from 1 – 4 p.m. at Willard High School, courtesy of CSX. No identification will be required.

Anyone who remains displaced Friday can go to Uncle Dudley's or the Country Kitchen for a free meal. Again, no ID will have to be shown and CSX will cover the cost.


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