A freight train with 16 cars derailed last week in southwestern New York causing a delay in service between New York City and Chicago. The derailment occurred on March 1 at 9:30 P.M. in Ripley which sits just 60 miles southwest of Buffalo.
Two of the cars were carrying ethanol and the derailment caused it to leak. Initially, roughly 30 people were evacuated from their homes while crews worked to contain the leak. There were no injuries reported and no fires.
An official for Amtrak said that the Lake Shore Limited traveling eastbound had a temporary halt in Cleveland while the westbound from New York City was stopping at Buffalo while the containment process took place. In the meantime, buses were being used to transport passengers each way. The end result of the ethanol leak was more than 50 homes being evacuated.
Officials said that the derailment required the shutdown of four tracks and it delayed travel until the following day. One track reopened to CSX freight traffic by 11:30 a.m. the next day. In all, three of the derailed tankers had derailed, two of them containing ethanol, one containing propane.
The situation caused at least 12 hours of delay while crews worked to secure the situation and reopen the tracks.