March 5, 2016 - NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - A train has derailed near the town of Ripley, New York State, officials said, adding that two of the derailed cars were carrying ethanol, which is currently leaking.
Dozens of homes in the area have been evacuated.
The incident took place on Norfolk-Southern rails on Tuesday night, the NY Fire Department told Erie News.
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The train was pulling 33 cars, 14 of which derailed, the Norfolk Southern spokesperson said. The Chautauqua County Sheriff's office, however, said 18 cars derailed.
The authorities have evacuated more than 20 homes within 300 meters of the incident. According to local WGRZ news, about 45 homes have been evacuated.
Cleanup is underway along the rail line in Ripley. The ethanol leak is contained and propane is secure. @wgrz https://t.co/N1K4VfnOnX— Nate Benson (@natebenson) March 2, 2016
The cleanup has begun along the rail lines in Ripley. The derailment ripped the wheels off several railcars. @wgrz pic.twitter.com/sf32IsEsrZ— Nate Benson (@natebenson) March 2, 2016
Chautauqua County Sheriff tells me 18 rail cars detailed in Ripley, 3 w/ hazardous material, 2 leaking ethanol @wgrz pic.twitter.com/j0GezzRc2q— Nate Benson (@natebenson) March 2, 2016
“We have no estimate as to how much has leaked,” said Dave Pidgeon, manager of public relations for Norfolk Southern. “We are bringing in our experts and contractors to work with first responders to decide a plan of action.”
Two employees on board the train, the conductor and engineer, were unhurt, officials said.
Ethanol is a hazardous material which is highly flammable and causes intoxication. - RT.