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DEC: Train engines back on rails in Deposit, freight car removal ongoing

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TOWN OF DEPOSIT, N.Y. (WBNG) -- The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation along with the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services released an update on the town of Deposit train derailment Monday.

The agencies say that as of Monday morning, all engines of the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway have been righted and placed back on the rails.

Officials say the removal of the freight cars is ongoing Monday. 

State authorities say DEC Spills Response staff will continue to assess potential environmental impacts, "but there are currently no restrictions on the use of the river outside the immediate area of the incident."

While righting one of the engines on Saturday, an engine's tank released additional diesel fuel at the site, according to a news release. Officials say the railway and its environmental contractor have excavated the impacted soil, but remediation of that site continues. 

"The area where the backwater meets the west branch has been completely boomed off. A slight sheen is visible on the river near the accident site and under the Hales Eddy Road bridge. Water samples were taken of the river and the assessment of the river continues," according to the news release.

The DEC says the train was carrying cars with sulfuric acid, radioactive soils containing low levels of alpha radiation, and non-radioactive contaminated soil. State officials say the cars containing hazardous materials were not derailed in the incident and there was no release or spill of hazardous material.

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