Train derails in Batavia amid high winds

Crews are on the scene of a train derailment in New Windsor.

A CSX spokesman said Wednesday that there are no reports of any leaks or spills of any freight, and no members of the crew were injured.

The operator of the lift was approaching a private crossing when the machine became disabled on the tracks, according to a state police press release. One person was admitted pending further treatment, while the others were treated and released, police said. It was traveling about 55 miles per hour at the time of the derailment. On Tuesday, he said he only heard one whistle before the impact. The hazardous materials included sulfuric acid and sodium hydroxide.

State police said no other fuel tanks or cars were compromised or leaked and that "the scene is stabilized and recovery operations have commenced". "CSX appreciates the support of first responders in the Newburgh area as we assess and respond to this incident". Heavy construction equipment has been brought to the site to move the rail cars and make repairs to the railroad tracks.

John Lipscomb, the Riverkeeper patrol boat captain and the vice president for advocacy, said the crude oil trains that have been rolling along the west shore of the Hudson River through Haverstraw since about 2012 are a major concern. "You put cars on rails and you have accidents".

A CSX freight train derailed near Batavia in Genesee County at the height of the fierce winds Wednesday afternoon.

The train, consisting of three locomotives and 77 railcars, was traveling southbound when it struck the boom lift.

  • Lila Blake