Evacuation lifted for some near La. derailment

Evacuation lifted for some residents near Louisiana train derailment; cleanup continues

Associated Press

LAWTELL, La. (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 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 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.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

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