Train derailment leaves neighbors shaken in more ways than one
Neighbors in Valley Falls didn’t realize a train had derailed at first on Wednesday evening. However, some described their entire house shaking.
They first thought something happened on a nearby bridge, with maybe something falling off a truck and into the water.
One man even said the bang woke him up from his nap.
Others knew something bad had happened but were not sure exactly what it was because it was dark out.
Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos was on scene Wednesday night at the direction of Gov. Kathy Hochul.
There is no immediate health threat to the public, Seggos said.
The DEC will work with other agencies to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the train derailment and the material that spilled in the river and along the rail line, they said.
Neighbors hope something like this won’t happen again.
The good news – nobody was hurt and there were no toxic chemicals.
Hear the neighbors describe what it sounded like by watching the video of Tessa Bentulan’s story.