Ten train cars derail in Rensselaer County
Cleanup continued Thursday after a train derailed in the Village of Valley Falls. Fire crews, EMS and law enforcement have been on the scene at 1867 State Route 67 since just before 9 p.m. Wednesday evening.
Luckily, no one was hurt.
At a media briefing Wednesday, Rensselaer County Director of Public Safety Jay Wilson said there was no immediate danger to the public. The cargo train was carrying 94 cars. Ten of them derailed, and two were in the Hoosic River, said Wilson.
One car was carrying an oil, equivalent to a vegetable oil. It had a slight leak to it, but the leak is not in the river. The other car in the river was carrying plastic pellets.
A portion of State Route 67 was closed overnight. The train company, Berkshire-Eastern, will be responsible for recovering the derailed cars, according to Jay Wilson, the Rensselaer County director of public safety.
The next step was for the Department of Environmental Conservation to do a sweep of the site.
At the briefing, Hoosic Valley Fire Chief Mark Sheline said “we just want to stress that there’s no danger, there’s no harm to the public. This area is a bit congested for the time being and moving forward for the next couple weeks.”
He said there were no evacuations.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
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