Tracks cleared after derailment Wednesday


All clear.

Three days after five cars derailed off train tracks while traveling through Hoosick, leading to an around-the-clock containment effort.

"56 hours total from the time of scene to the time we were able to break down and go back home," says Rensselaer County Public Safety Director Jay Wilson.

Officials say three of those cars carried roughly 32,000 pounds of propane each. They say none of that leaked out of the tanks. Now efforts are underway to reopen the track.

"There was a full court press to help out and resolve and respond to this situation," says Rich Christ, Rensselaer County Director of Operations.

Still, close to half a dozen homes nearby had to be evacuated.

Officials tell CBS 6 the people living in those homes are now allowed back in.

They also say one of the biggest barriers was the cold.

"When you can have a significant emergency like this, and it happens in the middle of winter, at night, in a remote area, and have literally dozens of emergency services personnel on the scene within an hour, that should show the residents that the response is an effective one,” Christ said.

Now that those derailed cars have been taken off these tracks, an investigation is underway, looking into how they got off the tracks in the first place.

Renssealer county officials say the Vermont railways train was heading north towards a curve at the Pan Am interchange.

Vermont Railways told us on Thursday that they can't confirm if speed was a factor yet.

Rensselaer County officials say the train cars have been moved off to a separate facility to get repairs.

There isn’t a timetable yet on when that track will reopen.

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