Today in northern Ohio, an estimated 400 homes were evacuated after a railcar leaked flammable liquid in a railyard in Willard. Authorities believe the railcar was damaged during a derailment that occurred yesterday. Local responders, cleanup workers, and crews from CSX Corp. are currently at the site of the leak trying to determine how much of the hazardous liquid has spilled.

Late yesterday, four train cars derailed at the location while switching trains. The car that leaked was carrying a nearly full tanker (about 26,000 gallons) of styrene monomer, which is used to make rubber and plastic products. The liquid leaked out of a 4-inch hole for hours before it was resealed.

Officials warn that cleanup could take awhile – possibly into Thanksgiving Day. It is not yet clear when evacuated residents will be able to return to their homes. The residents are seeking shelter with family and friends, at the local high school, and in local motels.

Thankfully, no injuries have been reported yet, but the cause of the derailment is still under investigation.

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