Potential Disaster Avoided in North Hoosick Train Derailment

North Hoosick Derailment

It was this close to a potential disaster Wednesday night in northern Rensselaer County, just across the border from Vermont. 

Five cars of a 79-car freight train derailed in the area of Hoosick Junction Road, three of them carrying propane. 

Residents in the immediate vicinity were asked to leave their homes, as haz-mat teams responded.  

But the good news, from Rensselaer County's Public Safety Director Jay Wilson, there were no leaks.

Asked why the train derailment occurred, Wilson says they don't have those answers yet.

The line is used by Pan Am Southern, but it's not clear whether it was the railway's train. 

According to a statement from Gov. Cuomo's office, the state will co-ordinate with local officials and mobilize whatever resources might be needed to address the incident.

Photo: WNYT

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