Controlled burn at Ripley train derailment

Repost from WBKW, Buffalo NY
[Editor:  See also the video report at WGRZ Buffalo, which clarifies that three cars carried ethanol and one carried propane.  45 homes were evacuated to a nearby church.  – RS]

Controlled burn at Ripley train derailment

WKBW Staff, Mar 1, 2016 11:51 PM, Updated Mar 3, 2016 4:18 AM

RIPLEY, N.Y. (WKBW) – A controlled burn was held at the site of the Ripley train derailment Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Crews worked to ignite what was left of the propane in train cars that went off the tracks Tuesday.

This comes after emergency officials asked residents around Route 76 in the Town of Ripley to shelter in place following the train derailment Tuesday night.

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office said that 15 rail cars traveling on the Norfolk Southern lined derailed around 11:20 p.m. Three rail cars were carrying the hazardous liquid ethanol turned on their side. One was said to be leaking.

As a result the Ripley Central Schools were closed Wednesday and government officials asked residents to shelter in place.

“I have directed the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Office of Emergency Management, the Office of Fire Prevention and Control, the Department of Environmental Conservation as well as foam equipment to assist in suppressing the spill and provide support to hazmat teams that will be working to patch the leak,” Cuomo said in an emailed statement Wednesday morning.

Several homes were evacuated in the vicinity of the derailment. Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies say no one was hurt.