A city neighborhood was back to normal Tuesday, a day after a derailed CN freight train carrying hazardous material forced people to evacuate homes and schools.
Nine of the train's 79 cars left the tracks Monday morning near Interstate 75. Four of the nine derailed tank cars contained methanol, which is used as antifreeze and is flammable. Some liquid leaked from the train, but officials described the leak as minimal.
The area within a mile radius was evacuated as a precaution. CN spokesman Jim Kvedaras said the train was put back on the tracks and sent in for repairs. He said traffic on the railroad resumed its normal schedule Tuesday. He said the first of the railroad's lines reopened at 3 a.m. EDT, and the second opened 2 ½ hours later.
The three schools that had been evacuated were back in session, district spokeswoman Mattie Majors said.