Train Derails in Columbia County

Continuing coverage of a train derailment in northern Columbia County.

The accident happened in the Columbia County Township of Courtland, just west of Randolph.

Flashing lights warn people of a train problem.

As you follow the tracks north, for 2 miles leading up to the site of the accident, rails are turned on their sides and the spikes in the railroad ties are pulled up.

16 cars derailed from the track, all carrying non hazardous materials, such as soybean grain, oil and barley.

But the Randolph Fire Department was called in to check for a possible chemical leak.

"We had a crew of guys go out with air packs, check it out and make sure there was nothing that had any plackage on it from a distance," says Todd Syens, Randolph Fire Chief.

There were no injuries related to the accident.

Union Pacific Train special agents were also on the scene investigating the cause of the crash.

They tell us emergency equipment is coming in to clear the area.

But they expect trains traveling that rail to be held up until at least tomorrow evening.

And Chief Syens says due to extent of track damage, he expects it to take even longer before trains there are back up and running.

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