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Train derailment above Hale Eddy - 2 rail cars and diesel fuel end up in the river system

Posted on August 09 2018

Flash flooding  caused a small culvert running under the railroad tracks just upstream from Hale Eddy to wash out.  This led to the derailment of  four locomotives and an undetermined number of the 63 cars in a west bound train early this morning.  Two of the cars, carrying construction debris are apparently in the river.  The diesel fuel from one of the locomotives  has apparently leaked  into the West Branch via the aforementioned tributary. The diesel fuel has already been detected as far downstream as Lordville.  The river at Lordville crested this morning at 20,000 CFS.  The extremely high water will make recovery of the spilled fuel next to impossible as most of it will soon be carried far downstream by the high waters.  A crane has been dispatched to remove the two cars from the river.  No injuries have been reported.

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