Train Cars Carrying Plastic Plunge Into River After Derailment

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Days after the one-year anniversary of a disastrous Norfolk Southern train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, a Norfolk Southern cargo train operated by Berkshire & Eastern Railroad has derailed in New York state.

The 94-car train derailed near Johnsonville at around 8:53 p.m. Wednesday, according to WRGB-TV.

Ten cars left the tracks. Two of them landed in the Hoosic River near Valley Falls, according to Jay Wilson, director of public safety for Rensselaer County.

One of those cars was leaking small plastic pellets into the river.

Valley Falls is about 25 miles northeast of Albany.

Hoosic Valley Fire Chief Mark Sheline said the cleanup will take time, noting that Route 67 in the area is closed.

“We just want to stress that there’s no danger, there’s no harm to the public. This area is a bit congested for the time being and moving forward for the next couple weeks,” he said, noting that there are no evacuations necessary, according to WNYT-TV.

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