Ohio Chemical Spill Leads To More Than 400 Home Evacuations In Willard

by | November 27th, 2013

November 27, 2013

Extra precaution is always required when transporting volatile chemicals. If safety is ignored at any time during this process, the results can be devastating. The Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy explain that an accident involving a chemical spill occurred early this morning in the city of Willard, Ohio, forcing residents to evacuate from more than 400 homes in the area.

A report from News Net 5 states a hole developed in a railcar that was hauling a flammable liquid called styrene monomer. The hole caused the liquid to escape from the railcar’s tank and spill on the ground.

While the spill has since been contained, it has officials concerned for the safety of residents in the area. This concern resulted in police requesting the area’s residents to evacuate and seek shelter elsewhere, leaving many staying in area hotels, with friends and family, or at a shelter established by the Red Cross at a local high school.

It is unclear how long the evacuation will last, considering officials have stated the cleanup process is extremely dangerous and time consuming.

Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy’s team of Ohio Class Action Lawsuit Attorneys say that when a large number of individuals are impacted by a catastrophic event like a chemical spill, the responsible parties may be held liable for damages through civil litigation.

In fact, when a Lyden Oil gasoline tanker crashed and spilled 4,000 gallons of gasoline causing an evacuation of the residents and businesses in Woodmere, Ohio, Nurenberg Paris filed a class action and recovered all costs incurred by the evacuees. The firm is here to help anyone who suffered due to this chemical spill.