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State Police Find Public Not At Risk In Deposit Train Derailment

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As cleanup continues, New York State Police investigating Thursday's train derailment in the Town of Deposit say heavy rain and flooding caused a small section of the NY Southern Railroad line to erode at a culvert overpass making the tracks impassable.

The NY Southern railroad was traveling from New Jersey to Binghamton.

NYSP say they responded at 2:02 a.m. on August 9th.  Police say of the 59 cars and 4 locomotives, 16 derailed. Two of the locomotives were leaking diesel fuel into the west branch of the Delaware River. 

By Thursday afternoon, police reported all of the cargo remained intact and there was no danger to the public.

As a precaution, four trailers and one single family residence were evacuated but residents were later told they could return. Volunteers from the Mohawk Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross said they were assisting three adults and four children

In a statement, NY Southern said the two crew members were not injured. The company confirmed that none of the cars containing hazmat were derailed and there were no releases or spills of hazmat material. The hazmat cars included one carrying corrosive liquid and 13 containing contaminated soil. 

The train was also carrying construction debris and non-hazmat soils. NY Southern added that 38 of the cars were empty.

The National Park Service earlier recommended visitors avoid contact with water. 


Numerous local, state and county agencies responded to the crash, including the Department of Environmental Conservation, Office of Emergency Management, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Railroad Inspectors, the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department, the Office of Emergency Management, Hancock and Delaware Fire, Broome County Executive Jason Garnar and a representative from the Governor’s office. 

The NYS&W operates over 500 miles of track in three states. The railroad uses three main routes, one running from Northern New Jersey to Binghamton, New York and the other two branching north from Binghamton to serve Utica, New York and Syracuse, New York.