Freight train derails in New Jersey

UNION TOWNSHIP, N.J. — A freight train derailed in New Jersey on Friday, littering the tracks with several cargo cars and suspending a portion of a New Jersey Transit line, officials said.

The derailment happened about 2:30 p.m. near Galloping Hill Road and Lehigh Avenue in Union Township.

Aerial footage of the scene shows several cars, many of them on their sides, zig-zagging across the railway and what appear to be mangled tracks. No injuries have been reported.

While New Jersey Transit uses the tracks, the agency does not own or maintain them. The tracks belong to Conrail, according to CSX, the transport company whose train was involved in the derailment.

The train was heading to Selkirk, N.Y., when it flew off the tracks, a CSX spokesperson said in a statement.

"CSX personnel are working with Conrail and local law enforcement on scene to assess the damage. The safety of the community, our employees and first responders on site is our highest priority. We will share an update once we have more information," the spokesman said.

The cars of a freight train are seen strewn across the tracks in Union, N.J., on Dec. 8, 2017. (AIR 11)

Service on the Raritan Valley Line is suspended in both directions between Newark Penn Station and Cranford, and between Raritan and High Bridge, NJ Transit said.

No estimated time of restoration was given.

Cross-honoring is in effect with NJ Transit buses and private carrier buses, the agency said. Commuters traveling out of New York can take the Nos. 113, 114 or 117 buses out of the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Trains running on the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast lines will cross-honor Raritan Valley Line tickets, as well.