Update – Train Derailment In Montgomery County
Update - June 28, 2013
It was originally said that there were 20 cars involved, but after the investigation continued, it's now believed that the derailment involved over 40 cars.The accident also involved two CSX freight trains traveling in opposite directions that sideswiped each other.
In the story from The Times Union, some of the cars were hauling lumber, others had garbage and dry goods. One of the cars landed in the road on Route 5. That section of Route 5 remains closed.
The derailment is causing some delays for travelers on Amtrak. Train 283 has cancelled the run between Albany and Niagara Falls, as well as Train 280, Niagara Falls and Albany. There is no alternate transportation for those routes. Amtrak has posted a link with a travel advisory on it's website.
According to a story from News 10 ABC, there have been two people injured, and involved 20 cars, that fell off of the train. The Montgomery Sheriff’s Department is investigating the accident and have emergency personnel at the scene, along with crews from the Mohawk Fire Department, HAZMAT, GAVAC and Montgomery Emergency Management.
Passengers of Amtrak that were traveling from Buffalo to Albany have been placed on a bus, as the cleanup and investigation is continuing. A travel note - Route 5 remains closed and traffic is being rerouted on Route 5 between State Highway 334 in Mohawk and Route 10 in Palatine. People have been asked to avoid traveling in this area.