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Train Car Leak Prompts Hundreds to Evacuate in Ohio

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(WILLARD, Ohio) -- About 400 homes in Willard, Ohio had to be evacuated early Wednesday morning after a train car began spilling a very flammable liquid.

Willard City Manager Brian Humphress tells ABC News Radio a 4-inch hole was found overnight in a 26,000 gallon tanker carrying styrene monomer.  He says the situation has since been placed under control.

"The spill has been contained, the car has been plugged, so [it's] no longer spilling the liquid," he explains.

However, the cleanup and evacuations will persist a bit longer.

"Due to the nature of the chemical, it's a slow process.  We're hoping that it gets cleaned up and within the next few hours," Humphress says.

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