HUNT – A family sleeping in a camper escaped injury after a train derailed and cars stopped about 50 feet short of their camper, according to road crews who responded to the scene early Wednesday morning.
The 13-car Norfolk Southern freight train was headed to Binghamton from Elkhart, Ind., when it derailed in Hunt of Short Tract Road near Letchworth State Park around 4 a.m. Wednesday.
There were no injuries or hazardous materials involved.
Short Tract Road was closed four hours. Workers directing traffic at the scene early Wednesday afternoon said they had been at the scene since around 4:20 a.m.
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene along with the Livingston County Office of Emergency Management, Nunda Fire Department, state Department of Transportation and state Department of Environmental Conservation.
The cause of the derailment is still under investigation.
State Sen. Patrick Gallivan, R-Elma, and George Borello, R-Sunset Bay, in a joint statement praised the response of emergency personnel.
“We would like to thank those first responders who are tackling this difficult task and risking their own safety, as they routinely do, for the benefit of our communities,” the statement said. “They have our deepest appreciation and support as they work to resolve this situation.”