Wolf Administration Provides Update on Bedford County Train Derailment (8/3/17)
PA – Governor Tom Wolf and commonwealth agencies provided the following
update on Wednesday’s train derailment in Hyndman, Bedford County,
which led to the evacuation of residents within a one-mile radius of the
“We are grateful that no one has been hurt as a result
of this incident,” said Governor Wolf. “The safety of residents and
infrastructure remain the top priority of our agencies and all local
responders. We will work to ensure residents continue to be safe and CSX
has committed the resources necessary to do that.”
established two reception centers for displaced residents to access
information regarding lodging, transportation or other assistance:
Hyndman Ministry Church, 152 Hyndman Rd., Hyndman, PA 15545, and the
Bedford United Methodist Church, 132 E. John St., Bedford, PA 15522.
are not required to report to the reception center; evacuees are free
to travel to the destination of their choice but are advised to follow
the guidance of local emergency personnel and heed road closures in the
area. Motorists should be aware that there are a number of roads closed
in the area, including State Routes 96 and 3004.
Members of the
public who have questions about this incident or where they can go for
help can call the CSX Incident Response Line at 1-800-331-4031.
temporary flight restriction instituted yesterday remains in place at a
radius of three miles to an elevation of 5,000 feet around the area.
The temporary flight restrictions are in place in order to prevent
possible mid-air collisions that may be caused by unnecessary flights,
and to give priority to aircraft on official missions.
Departments of Environmental Protection and Health continue working
closely with CSX personnel to monitor conditions in and around the area.
At this time, there has been no impact to local waterways, but an
environmental contractor is on site and ready to respond in the event of
a spill into any waterways. PA State Police are patrolling the area to
ensure the security of homes and businesses, and are also staffing road
The Commonwealth Response Coordination
Center at PEMA headquarters outside Harrisburg remains activated with
specially trained personnel from the departments of Human Services,
Health, Environmental Protection, PA State Police, Public Utility
Commission, Transportation, PA Turnpike, Military and Veterans Affairs,
Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and the American Red Cross.
Residents are reminded to monitor local media and follow the guidance of local emergency response personnel.
UPDATE: Governor Wolf Arrives in Bedford County; Agencies
Provide Further Information on Derailment
Governor Tom Wolf is on scene at the command post in
Hyndman, Bedford County to meet first responders and area residents affected by
the derailment, fire and evacuation.
“Federal, state and local officials are working
diligently to ensure that residents in the affected area are evacuated to
safety and planning for possible additional impacts to the area,” Governor Wolf
said. “These first responders deserve all of our thanks for their swift work to
respond to this ongoing incident.”
The Pennsylvania State Incident Management Team is
heading to Cumberland, Maryland, which will serve as their base of operations
to support regional, county and local response personnel.
PEMA issued a Wireless Emergency Alert message to
residents in Hyndman Borough. The message instructed residents to leave their
homes and report to the Hyndman Ministry Church (152 Hyndman Rd., Hyndman, PA
15545) for assistance.
Members of the public who have questions about this
incident or where they can go for help can call the CSX Incident Response Line
at 1-800-331-4031. The American Red Cross has activated their Safe and Well
which enables people affected by a disaster to enter information regarding
their welfare so family and friends can check their status.
According to CSX, the derailed train consisted of five
locomotives and 178 rail cars.128 of those cars were carrying mixed freight,
and 50 were empty. At least 32 cars derailed; at least one car containing
liquified petroleum gas and at least one car containing molten sulphur have
leaked and are on fire.
Governor Wolf Provides Update on Bedford Train Derailment
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf, on behalf of
Commonwealth agencies, provided the following update on train derailment and
fire in Hyndman Borough, Bedford County on Wednesday that has led to the
evacuation of residents in a one-mile radius of the site of the accident.
“The commonwealth is coordinating a comprehensive
response with local and federal agencies and I urge local residents to follow
evacuation directions and all warnings from first responders,” Governor Wolf
At this time, there are no reported injuries or
fatalities. There are a number of roads closed in the area, including State
Residents in the area who need information regarding
lodging or other assistance should report to a reception center located at the
Hyndman Ministry Church, 152 Hyndman Rd., Hyndman, PA 15545. They will be given
further directions at the reception center.
Residents are not required to report to the reception
center; evacuees are free to travel to the destination of their choice but are
advised to follow the guidance of local emergency personnel and heed road closures
in the area.
A temporary flight restriction has been instituted at a
radius of 3 miles to an elevation of 3,000 feet around the area. The temporary
flight restrictions are in place in order to prevent possible mid-air
collisions that may be caused by unnecessary flights, and to give priority to
aircraft on official missions.
The Department of Health will be conducting air and
ground studies to determine any possible health effects. The Department of
Environmental Protection is working closely with CSX to monitor the status of
the derailed cars to monitor potential environmental impacts due to the
incident. At this time, no public water supplies or waterways are affected.
Additional PEMA personnel are deploying to Bedford County
to provide technical and equipment support to first responders to help with
communications among responders on the ground.
A number of state agencies are working together, both on
scene and also in the Commonwealth Response Coordination Center at the
Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency outside of Harrisburg, as well as
local and county emergency management officials.
Residents are reminded to monitor local media and follow
the guidance of local emergency response personnel.
Commonwealth Response Coordination Center Activated After
Train Derailment in Bedford County
Harrisburg, PA - The Commonwealth Response Coordination
Center at PEMA Headquarters outside Harrisburg has been activated with
personnel from multiple state agencies after a train derailment in Hyndman
Borough, Bedford County.
Specially trained staff from the following agencies are
monitoring on-scene events: Human Services, Drug and Alcohol Programs, Fish and
Boat, PA State Police, Public Utility Commission, Environmental Protection,
Transportation, Military and Veterans Affairs, Health, Governor’s Office of
Homeland Security, and American Red Cross.
PEMA and DEP liaisons are currently on scene, working
closely with county and local emergency management personnel.
At this time, residents are reminded to monitor local
media and follow the guidance of local emergency response personnel.
Multiple Roads Closed in Bedford and Somerset Counties
Due to Train Derailment
Hollidaysburg, PA– Motorists are advised that Route 96
has been closed from the Maryland State Line to the intersection of Market
Street in Bedford County and Route 3004 (Gooseberry Road/Church Street) has
been closed from the Somerset County line to the intersection of Route 96 in
Bedford County. Route 2019 in Somerset County has been closed from the Bedford
County line to the intersection of Route 31 (Glades Pike). All roads have been
closed due to a train derailment that took place in Hyndman Borough, Bedford
A local detour has been established in the area.
Motorists traveling Route 96 can utilize Market Street to North Third Avenue to
get around the area. Route 2019 (Glen Savage Road) in Somerset County becomes
Route 3004 (Gooseberry Road/Church Street) at the Bedford County Line. Traffic
on Route 2019 (Glen Savage Road) is being detoured East and West on Route 31 in
The roadways will reopen when the incident allows.
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