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Embankment Being Rebuilt At Site Of Mercer County Train Derailment

January 8, 2013

Officials say part of the work in the aftermath of a five-car freight train derailment in northern Mercer County last Friday includes rebuilding an embankment that had eroded and may have led to the accident.

It is expected that the derailed train can finally be removed by late this week.

The incident late Friday afternoon involved a Western New York and Pennsylvania train which went off the tracks about one mile north of the New Lebanon rail crossing.  One of the cars contained a flammable and potentially explosive gas called isobutylene.

There were no leaks from any of the derailed cars, and no one was injured in the incident.  Nine fire departments and haz-mat crews from three counties responded to the scene.

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