No injuries in multiple-car train derailment in Canastota

By Evan White

CANASTOTA - The tracks are still closed tonight after 13 CSX freight train cars jumped the rails near the intersection of South Peterboro Road and Railroad Street in Canastota. Now an investigation is underway.

At about 6:20 a.m. this morning, residents in Canastota found trains nearly in their backyards. While there was no hazardous material released, the question is how and why did this happen?

"Some watched sparks fly from the truck before hearing a screeching sound, then thirteen cars derailed, plugging down either side of the raised railroad," said Bob Sullivan, a CSX spokesperson.

City officials in Canastota say there were no evacuation plans and no injuries. Cleanup crews, and CSX trucks have been at the site through much of the afternoon clearing the debris.

While this was a freight train, passengers in New York were affected as well. Amtrak suspended service from Albany to Syracuse for the day and bused customers instead.

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