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Homes Evacuated After Train Derails in New York

Maina Mehrotra8 months ago

In western New York, on Wednesday, a train carrying hazardous liquid derailed, causing the evacuation of dozens of residents, local officials said.

About the Train Derailment

According to Reuters, in the town of Ripley, on Tuesday, sixteen of the 34-car Norfolk Southern train went off the tracks. Two of the cars that derailed were carrying ethanol and were leaking.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff's office said, over 50 homes had to be evacuated because of the derailment.  Fortunately, the sheriff’s office said there have been no injuries reported.

It is not known about how much ethanol was released from the two cars, said a spokesman for Norfolk Southern, Dave Pidgeon. It is known, however that one of the spills spread from a puncture that has since. The other car was leaking ethanol through a gasket, he said.

Pidgeon said that a third derailed car was carrying plastic pellets some of which spilled. One car carrying propane derailed but did not leak, he said.

It was not yet known what caused the derailment, nor is it known how long clean up will take. 

Train Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by Newsweek:

  • Between 2012 and 2013, the number of railroad deaths increased from 840 to 891.
  • Railway crossings account for roughly one-third of all rail-related fatalities.
  • 65 percent of railroad fatalities were the result of trespassing in areas other than road crossings.


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