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Breaking news: CSX train derails in Canastota

At approximately 6:30 this morning a CSX freight train derailed in Canastota in an isolated area between Main Street and Bee Bee Bridge Road, about a quarter of a mile west of Peterboro Street and the heart of the village.

Canastota police and fire department personnel were on the scene at 6:40 a.m., according to Canastota Mayor Todd Rouse.

We got a call with reports that people spotted railraod cars going down, Rouse said.

Rouse said the train carried 48 cars of which between 15 and 20 derailed.

There is no immediate hazards to the welfare of the people, Rouse said. There is no fire. No evacuations. It was a freight-type train.

Rouse said the train was carrying a postal vehicle so it appeared the freight was mail, and they were quite sure there was nothing hazardous on the train.

He said there is no disruption in local travel but he asks the public to stay away from the area to allow emergency crews access to the scene.

Our primary focus is to make sure it's all contained, Rouse said.

Bruce Chandler, assistant fire chief of the Canastota Volunteer Fire Department said the train crossed both tracks and derailed. He said several cars could be seen from Barlow Street. The trains manifest confirmed the freight was non-hazardous, Chandler said.

It's save to be in your homes, Chandler said.

CSX crews are on the scene and working with local emergency agencies, Rouse said.

It's a mess regardless if it happened in the middle of downtown or not, Rouse said.

Susan Tonra, director of the Madison-Oneida Chapter of the Red Cross and a team of volunteers are on the scene to assist.

We were called to serve emergency personnel, Tonra said. ERV is here, our emergency response vehicle and it's loaded up with food.

A command center has been set up at the Municipal Building on Peterboro Street.

A press conference will be held again this afternoon. Eagle Newspapers will keep the public posted.

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