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30 train cars derail in town of Mohawk

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FONDA, N.Y. - The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office says a train derailment has shut down a ten-mile stretch of Route 5 in the town of Mohawk on Thursday.

The Sheriff's Office is investigating after they say 30 cars fell off the train rail around 8 a.m. spilling cargo including lumber, soil, and rice into the road.

Investigators say two trains were headed in opposite directions on the track causing the derailment when they sideswiped each other. A total of 100 train cars made up the two trains.

There were two minor injuries reported in the accident, an engineer and a conductor who were both onboard.

Officials say it could take up to a week to get the track reopened. Route 5 is expected to be closed down for another day or two.

Amtrak service from Buffalo to Albany has been disrupted due to the accident. Amtrak says they'll be taking passengers by bus while the cleanup continues. Visit Amtrak.com/alerts to see trips that are affected.

Montgomery County Sheriff Michael Amato says there were some initial concerns but no hazardous materials were found.

"Whenever you have a train derailment, you worry about what's on the train and we tried to get to the manifest as soon as we can to find out what kind of chemicals could be on the train and where they're located on the train," Sheriff Amato explains. "That was an issue in the beginning. We were trying to locate those cars that had that chemical to see if they were still in an upright position. In the meantime, we went door to door telling people to stay in their houses and stay away from that area."

Emergency Crews from the Sheriff's Office, GAVAC Ambulance, Mohawk Fire Department, Montgomery County Emergency Management and HAZMAT were on scene Thursday.

Traffic is being rerouted on Route 5 between State Highway 334 in Mohawk and Route 10 in the town of Palatine. Motorists are asked to avoid the area.

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