Governor meets with families evacuated by derailment, chemical spill in northern Ohio

WILLARD, Ohio – 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.