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Residents return after acid spill

May 19, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Thousands of Lafayette residents were allowed to return to their homes as crews continued to clean up hydrochloric acid that spilled when six train cars derailed a day earlier.

All of the residents told to leave the area -- about 3,000 in all -- were allowed back as authorities cut the 1-mile evacuation radius to 1,000 feet from the accident site, state police said.

The derailment spread a toxic cloud over the city. Five people were sent to a hospital and treated after complaining of skin and eye irritation.

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