First responders rushed to the scene of a train derailment in Chautauqua County on Tuesday night.

Authorities say that 15-20 train cars derailed near Shaver and Mechanic Streets, closing down Route 76 and Shaver Street in the Town of Ripley.

HAZMAT crews were on the scene, and nearly 1,000 residents in the area were evacuated after an ethanol leak was caused by one of the cars.

Governor Andrew Cuomo released a statement:

“At approximately 11:20 p.m. on Tuesday, 15 rail cars traveling on the Norfolk Southern line derailed near the town of Ripley in Chautauqua County. While there is no fire or reported injuries at this time, three rail cars carrying hazardous liquids, including ethanol were turned on their side, and one is confirmed to be leaking.

 

As a result, emergency response officials evacuated several homes in the immediate vicinity and instructed other nearby residents to stay inside while authorities continue to assess the situation.

 

“I have directed the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Office of Emergency Management, the Office of Fire Prevention and Control, the Department of Environmental Conservation as well as foam equipment to assist in suppressing the spill and provide support to hazmat teams that will be working to patch the leak.

 

“We will continue to respond to the situation as it develops and take all necessary actions to keep people safe.”

***As of 6:00A.M. on Wednesday, Route 76 and Shaver Street remains closed in the area, and the Town of Ripley schools are closed today.