Crews on scene of freight train derailment in Montgomery County

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

FONDA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Authorities are on the scene of a freight train derailment off of Route in Fonda

According to CSX, around 8 a.m. Thursday, two freight trains were involved in a derailment in Fonda. CSX officials say there were no serious injuries as a result and there was no hazardous cargo involved.

One of the trains was traveling from Avon, Indiana to Selkirk, with four locomotives and 126 freight cars. The other train was moving from Selkirk to New Castle, Pennsylvania, with two locomotives and 83 freight cars.

Preliminary reports are that four locomotives and 45 freight cars are derailed, CSX officials said, adding that some diesel fuel has leaked from the locomotives and environmental specialists crews are on scene cleaning that up.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation and CSX says it has crews working to repair the track and restore service.

Route 5 will be closed from Route 334 in Mohawk and Route 10 in Palatine for several days as crews cleanup the scene.

Although the derailment involved a CSX train, Amtrak is also impacted. Officials with Amtrak say they are currently trying to come up with an operating plan due to the incident.

Officials say the Lakeshore Limited train that was headed from Chicago to Albany and onward to Boston was immediately impacted. Passengers on those trains will be bussed between Buffalo and Albany and between Albany and Boston.

Today, Amtrak officials are looking at operating plans for the Maple Leaf train that travels to Canada, making one trip each day.

For more information, you are asked to visit the Amtrak website or call Amtrak at 1-800-USA-RAIL.

Whenever trains are impacted by service disruptions, Amtrak officials say they call to notify passengers.

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