Train derailment in Town of Batavia

Heavy Winds Cause Widespread Power Outages

TOWN OF BATAVIA, NY - A train has derailed in the Town of Batavia near Donahue Road. The accident happened shortly after 1 P.M.

CSX spokesperson Rob Doolittle says the train, with a crew of two, was heading from Chicago to Montreal at the time. He says there are no leaks or spills. No injuries were reported either. 

The train is made up of two locomotives and 29 freight cars. At least 20 cars derailed, according to the Genesee County Sheriff's Office, almost certainly caused by the intense winds that pelted the Batavia area throughout the afternoon. Thousands of people in Genesee County lost power, according to National Grid, including thousands in Batavia.   

The cars were carrying a variety of goods including black powder, toilet paper and furniture. 

CSX crews arrived at the scene on Wednesday afternoon to help out local officials deal with the situation. The line is also used by Amtrak, but it's not yet known at this time if their service is being impacted in any way.

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