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BREAKING: Train derailment near Cochranton

Submitted Fri, 01/04/2013 - 5:23pm by Andy Alm

WAYNE TWP. -- A handful of local agencies Friday afternoon responded to a train derailment near the Crawford/Mercer County line. The crash occurred around 4:30, one mile north of the New Lebanon railroad crossing. Five cars jumped the tracks. Emergency dispatchers say one them was carrying highly flammable isobutyline gas, and the other four contained non-hazardous materials. There was no spill or leak. No injuries were reported to either the train crew or the emergency responders.

According to Crawford County Emergency Management Director Allen Clark, the units responding were Cochranton Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance, West Mead 2, West Mead 1, and Utica Volunteer Fire Departments, Crawford and Mercer County Emergency Management Agencies, Crawford County HAZMAT Response Team, STATMedevac, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

In a press release, Clark said the railroad company will be working to repair the tracks and upright the overturned tanker cars, which could take up to a week. Until then that section of the railroad will be closed.