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Police Evacuate South Columbus Residents After Train Derailment
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- Residents of a South Side neighborhood were evacuated from their homes Thursday morning after a train car carrying a solvent derailed, prompting a hazmat situation.
The tanker car, carrying a flammable, acetone-based solvent, overturned near Kian Ave. at approximately 11:30 a.m.
Police evacuated several area residents immediately following the accident, and asked dozens more to leave their homes hours later.
"They just said that there was a tanker, derail, turnover, something -- and hazardous -- and we got to go," Tom Roesch said.
Evacuated residents were allowed back into their homes at approximately 6 p.m. after investigators determined that no chemicals were leaking from the train car.
No injuries were reported as a result of the derailment. The train car will remain at the scene of the accident as investigators work to figure out what caused it to overturn.