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Cleanup efforts continue at train derailment site

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DEPOSIT (WBNG) -- Traffic was being monitored Thursday after the derailment, near Hale Eddy Road and Hale Eddy Bridge Road. On Friday, cars were able to pass through freely.

The area was filled with excavating and construction trucks to help remove the derailed cars. We reached out to the New York, Susquehanna, and Western Railway company.  It could not elaborate on exactly what the next steps were for removing the train from the tracks.

12 News also reached out to Environmental Products & Services of Vermont, a company hired by the railway to help with cleanup, but leaders there told us they were unable to comment on the incident.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation also had a team on site to help with the diesel spill clean up. Crews say most of the oil was contained to a pool, next to the river.

"We had absorbent booms and stuff down there yesterday to contain it to a smaller, isolated area and they're skimming it with a truck now to recover oil from the area," said D.E.C. worker Tom Lane.

Other than that one concentrated pool, a lot of fuel has already made its way out of the area.

"I think what's happening now is with the high water levels that we've had in the last few days, a lot of that fuel oil is way downstream or probably has volatilized or dissipated," said Friends of the Upper Delaware River Executive Director Jeff Skelding.

Lane says a team of biologists will be headed out to the derailment site to do a water-quality assessment as cleanup continues. And even in just one day, there has already been progress.

"There's still some sheen on the edges of the river, but it's much better than it was yesterday," said Lane.

The DEC says it expects spill cleanup efforts to finish up within a week. As for the train, there has not been a timeline established, but the railway says the cleanup will continue through the weekend.

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