One lane reopens on road near Valley Falls train derailment

One lane of State Route 67 is back open, after a freight train derailed in the village of Valley Falls.

Ten cars went off the tracks, and two into the Hoosic River, spilling vegetable oil and plastic pellets into the river.

NewsChannel 13 was there shortly after the derailment and back again Thursday for the cleanup.

“We know this track is a very important track for shipping materials up north,” said Jay Wilson, Rensselaer County Director of Public Safety. “I was told once that it was a million dollars a day they’re losing, here in the operation, the way it’s going. So it’s a lot of money here to get this track back open.”

Crews from all over the country are in Valley Falls right now, working 24/7 to get the train tracks back open.