Freight cars derail in Montgomery County, disrupt Amtrak service between Albany and Syracuse
Thu, 27 Jun 2013 17:58:39 GMT —
Amtrak passenger service has been suspended between Albany and Syracuse and a stretch of highway has been closed after about 30 freight train cars derailed in Montgomery County, some of them toppling over.
Montgomery County Sheriff Michael Amato tells media outlets it's unclear how the accident happened. He said it appears two trains going in opposite directions on parallel tracks may have side-swiped each other. It happened just before 8 a.m. Thursday near Fonda, 35 miles west of Albany.
The sheriff's office has blocked off a five-mile stretch of Route 5. One car lay on its side across the highway surrounded by spilled cargo.
Officials say investigators have determined no hazardous materials were spilled. No one was hurt.
An Amtrak spokesman says passengers are being bused between Albany and Buffalo.