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Wolf Administration Provides Update on Bedford County Train Derailment (8/3/17)


Harrisburg, 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 incident.

“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.”

CSX has 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.

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. 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.

The 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.

The 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 security checkpoints.

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 website (https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php), 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.

 

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Governor Wolf Provides Update on Bedford Train Derailment Response, Evacuation

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 said.

 At this time, there are no reported injuries or fatalities. There are a number of roads closed in the area, including State Route 96.

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.

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esidents 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.

 

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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.

 

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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 County.

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 Somerset County.

The roadways will reopen when the incident allows.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com<http://www.511PA.com>. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 825 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

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