This Nov. 27, 2013 photo shows the west end of the CSX Corp. train yard in Willard, Ohio. Hundreds of homes were evacuated after a railcar, possibly damaged in a derailment, leaked flammable liquid in a rail yard. No injuries were reported. (AP Photo/The Toledo Blade, Andy Morrison) MANDATORY CREDIT, [auth] MAGS OUT, NO SALES, TV OUT, BOWLING GREEN SENTINEL-TRIBUNE, MONROE EVENING NEWS AND THE TOLEDO FREE PRESS OUT
WILLARD, Ohio (AP) — Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) met with families evacuated because of a train derailment and chemical spill in northern Ohio.
The governor shook hands and chatted with evacuees in Willard on Thursday as they had a Thanksgiving dinner provided by the railroad.
The governor was briefed by officials. Kasich says the evacuation and cleanup have been handled well and can serve as a model for emergency crews.
The city manager says about two dozen evacuees were allowed to return home Thursday morning. He says a decision is near on allowing most of the remaining evacuees to return home.
At the same time, residents living on a street closest to the scene of Tuesday night’s derailment could be out of their homes until late Friday.