Investigators look into cause of train derailment. How did it affect you?
Mon, 14 Nov 2011 21:54:06 GMT —
Two investigators from the Federal Railroad Administration are in Syracuse looking into what caused Friday afternoon's derailment along East Colvin St. near the Syracuse University campus.
A spokesperson says the FRA doesn't release information about investigations until they are complete. That could take up to a year.
Meanwhile, local law enforcement agencies are reflecting on the response to Friday's disaster.
Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler says the derailment couldn't have happened at a worse time or in a worse place, but he was impressed with how well all the agencies worked together.
"I don't think you're going to see it done any better than what was done on Friday night," says Fowler. "From my perspective, I'm extremely pleased with the way things turned out. I'm extremely pleased to the agencies that participated. "
About 60 homes were evacuated as a safety precaution because one of the cars that derailed was carrying liquid propane.
"I don't have X-ray eyes," says Syracuse Fire Chief Mark McLees. "I can't see that there's no damage to this huge tank car rolling over on its side. There's certainly going to be damage, so we had to treat it as if it could start leaking at any moment."
The cars were fortunately cleaned up and people were allowed to go back into their homes Saturday morning. There were no dangerous levels of propane in the air.
People who live near the derailment say they're happy to be home, and they're glad crews were able to work quickly to clean everything up.