Cuomo: Train derails in NW New York, forcing evacuations


RIPLEY, N.Y. >> Authorities say a freight train carrying hazardous liquids derailed in far northwestern New York and forced the evacuation of several homes.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the train was traveling on the Norfolk Southern line near the town of Ripley when about 15 cars derailed around 11:30 p.m. EST Tuesday.

The governor says in a statement that there are no immediate reports of injuries or fire. But at least three of the derailed cars contain hazardous liquids, including ethanol, and at least one is leaking.

He says that as a result emergency crews evacuated several homes, while other residents near the site have been urged to remain inside their homes.

WGRZ-TV put the number of evacuated homes at 45.

The Buffalo station says firefighters reported about 4:30 a.m. that the leak had been contained.

Ripley is located in western Chautauqua County near Lake Erie, about 10 miles from the Pennsylvania border.


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