St. Louis Public Radio News
4:57 pm
Tue February 11, 2003

About 200 Evacuees Return Home After Train Derailment

Du Quoin, IL – Some of the people evacuated from the area of a Sunday train derailment and chemical spill in southern Illinois started going home today.

Perry County Sheriff says about 200 people were allowed to return to their homes after completion of the removal of flammable vinyl chloride and a damaged tanker last night. But some 800 people
still aren't able to go home around the spill near Tamaroa.

Tamaroa Mayor William Place says those people won't go home until the wreckage is cleared. Some are staying with friends,
relatives or at motels. Others are at a VFW hall in Du Quoin staffed by the American Red Cross.

The Canadian National-Illinois Central freight train has 21 cars.