WILLARD: Most of the estimated 425 families evacuated after a train derailment and chemical spill were allowed to return home Thursday.
About three dozen homes closest to the scene of Tuesday night’s derailment remained off-limits and residents could be out of their homes until late today, the city said.
Gov. John Kasich was briefed in Willard by officials and visited with evacuated families having a Thanksgiving dinner provided by the railroad at the high school.
Kasich said the evacuation and cleanup had been handled well and could serve as a model for emergency crews.
“The people of Willard have handled this very well, the first responders, the fire chief, the city manager and the company,” Kasich said before flying to Columbus for Thanksgiving dinner with his family.
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.