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Amtrak service disrupted after train derailment in upstate New York

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(Flickr/Governor Andrew Cuomo)

FONDA, New York (PIX11) – A massive upstate derailment disrupted Amtrak service to and from New York City Thursday morning.

While officials wouldn’t say if there was a collision, the derailment  involved two CSX Corp. freight trains traveling in opposite directions.  An estimated four locomotives and 45 freight cars went off the tracks, causing the suspension of multiple routes — including one of Amtrak’s most popular, the Empire Service.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo inspects the damage from Thursday’s crash (Flickr/Governor Andrew Cuomo)

According to Amtrak’s website:

“Due to Thursday’s derailment of a CSX freight train in the area of Amsterdam, NY, Amtrak Empire Service trains will operate Friday with alternate transportation to points west of Albany with the following exceptions:

Train 280 – cancelled between Niagara Falls and Albany, no alternate transportation

Train 283 – cancelled between Albany and Niagara Falls, no alternate transportation

Empire Service between New York Penn Station and Albany will operate on a normal Friday schedule.

The Lake Shore Limited (service between Chicago and New York) will operate with alternate transportation provided between Buffalo and Albany.

There is no estimate for track restoration at this time.”

The cause of the derailment is currently under investigation.