NY Residents Returning to Homes Evacuated After Train Crash

RIPLEY, N.Y. (AP) -
Firefighters work at the site of the freight-train derailment. (Alice Waters/The Observer via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
Firefighters work at the site of a 16-car Norfolk Southern freight train derailment that forced the evacuation of dozens of western New York homes after ethanol leaked from two tankers, on Wednesday, in Ripley, N.Y. (Alice Waters/The Observer via AP)

About 100 people forced to evacuate their western New York homes because of a freight train derailment are being allowed to return to their houses.

Officials in the Chautauqua County town of Ripley say residents of about 50 evacuated homes started returning around 5 a.m. Thursday, more than 30 hours after 16 cars on a 34-car Norfolk Southern train derailed.

Tuesday night’s accident included two tanker cars containing ethanol and a third with propane. The ethanol cars leaked but the propane tanker remained intact. Authorities evacuated homes near the accident site as a precaution.

No injuries were reported.

Crews spent Wednesday removing derailed cars and transferring the ethanol to tanker trucks.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says state transportation inspectors are working with the Federal Railroad Administration to determine the cause of the accident.