Train derails near Letchworth State Park in Livingston County

Posted at 12:31 PM, Jun 03, 2020

LIVINGSTON COUNTY (WKBW) — The Livingston County Sheriff's Office says deputies are investigating a train derailment in the Town of Portage near Letchworth State Park Wednesday.

The sheriff's office asks everyone to avoid the area and says no injuries have been reported at this time.

Senators George Borrello and Patrick Gallivan have released a joint statement on the derailment:

“This morning we learned that 13 box cars on a Norfolk Southern freight train headed to Binghamton derailed in the hamlet of Hunt, Town of Portage, near Letchworth State Park in Livingston County. We were relieved to confirm that there were no injuries and no hazardous materials are involved. Local emergency management personnel are on the scene right now helping Norfolk Southern crews address the situation. We would like to thank those first responders who are tackling this difficult task and risking their own safety, as they routinely do, for the benefit of our communities. Those agencies include the Livingston County Department of Emergency Management, the Nunda Fire Department, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, the New York State Department of Transportation and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. They have our deepest appreciation and support as they work to resolve this situation.”

A train derailment recently occurred in East Aurora on May 18. Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad Inc. said a BPRR train consisting of three locomotives, 66 empty railcars and 32 railcars loaded with a variety of commodities was passing through the Village of East Aurora when a derailment occurred involving the locomotives as well as 15 empty railcars and two loaded railcars. There were no injuries reported.