Evacuation lifted for some near US derailment
Aug. 06, 2013
LAWTELL, Louisiana (AP) — Louisiana State police say about 100 people evacuated from their homes when chemicals leaked from a derailed train will be allowed to go home.
Capt. Doug Cain says the evacuation area — originally about a mile (two kilometers) around the site — was narrowed to a quarter-mile Tuesday after all vinyl chloride contained in two derailed cars had been removed.
Cain says fewer than 100 people will remain out of their homes, but may be able to go home as soon as Thursday.
The Union Pacific train derailed near Lawtell, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) west of Baton Rouge
Cain said 1,800 feet of damaged track has been replaced and trains are moving through the area though their speed is limited to 10 miles per hour (16 kph).