Cranes arrived at Hale Eddy Road in Deposit late Thursday morning to start removing a derailed freight train. It happened just after 2 AM Thursday morning. State police say clean up and removal of the cars could take days. As many as 3 locomotives are off the tracks as a result of flash flooding that took out a culvert underneath the tracks. Up to 6 additional freight cars also derailed because of the abrupt stop.
The National Park Service confirmed that 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from one locomotive. The DEC said the diesel fluid on the water is very thin and remains on the surface. Neighbors up to 15 miles from the site of the train derailment on Thursday reported being able to smell the fumes from the diesel spill. The National Park Service said two locomotives were extricated Thursday afternoon.
There were only two people on board the train at the time of the incident. No one was injured.