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No Injuries In 5-Car Railroad Derailment Near New Lebanon

January 7, 2013

Officials say no injuries were reported when five cars of a Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad freight train jumped the tracks south of Cochranton late Friday afternoon.

One of the cars was reported to be carrying a flammable andpotentially explosive gas called isobutylene.

The derailment happened at about 4:30 PM Friday about a mile north of the New Lebanon railroad crossing in northern Mercer County.  Nine fire departments and haz-mat teams responded, including the Mercer and Crawford County haz-mat response crews, and fire companies from Cochranton, Utica and West Mead Township.

Officials say there was no spill reported from any of the five derailed cars.  The railroad tracks, though, may be closed for much of this week while the cleanup of wreckage continues.

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