Norfolk Southern train derails in New York, prompting evacuations

Photo Courtesy: WGRZ-TV

CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY, N.Y. (WAVY) — Several cars of a Norfolk Southern train derailed in New York near the Pennsylvania state line late Tuesday night.

Officials say two of the 15 derailed train cars were carrying ethanol, a liquid used in alcoholic beverages and in some fuels. They evacuated about 55 homes within a 1,000 foot radius of the accident, which is in the town of Ripley.

Several families are spending the night in a church for shelter. Our affiliate station, WGRZ reports many more homes got a shelter-in-place emergency order.

“First it was the house shaking real bad, and then the train derailed right in front of our house,” said resident Stella Zeigler. Zeigler is one of many residents spending the night at a nearby Methodist Church until crews can clear the scene.

“I just heard a loud, almost like a tornado was coming through. It was just a loud wooshing, screeching noise,” said resident Jill Otto.

Many first responders are on the scene of the derailment, trying to figure out how it happened. There are no reports of immediate injuries. Crews are also working to clear the wreckage from the tracks.

The Ripley town fire chief said his men were working to contain any spillage, and keep chemicals from getting into the local water supply.

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