Officials to begin lifting evacuation after train derailment
Officials say preparations have begun to allow thousands of eastern Tennessee residents to return to their homes after a CSX train car carrying hazardous material derailed and caught fire.
About 5,000 people within a mile-and-a-half radius of the crash site were evacuated, along with several businesses, Thursday morning in Maryville.
City Manager Greg McClain said Friday morning that officials are working on a plan to lift the evacuation. More details are expected at a news conference at noon Friday.
The concern stemmed from the contents of the car that derailed Wednesday night: liquid acrylonitrile, which officials say is a hazardous material used in multiple industrial processes.