A train overturned between Colvin and Brighton and 81 is closed going through the city. People living in the area are being evacuated out...hopefully this has no effect on the game itself. Just posting as an FYI for anyone headed up here.
Syracuse, NY -- Two railroad cars, one carrying odorless propane, overturned this afternoon on railroad tracks next to Interstate 81 south of Syracuse University.
No one was hurt, officials said.
Residents of streets south of Oakwood Cemetery have been evacuated and could be out of their homes overnight, police said.
I-81 has been closed in both directions, northbound at Interstate 481, southbound at Interstate 690, Sgt. Tom Connellan said.
Fans bound for tonight's football gamer against South Florida will have a hard time getting to the Carrier Dome and should plan accordingly, he said.
The propane car, carrying 18,000 gallons, poses the biggest problem. Officials have set up monitoring equipment and have determined that it is not leaking, Deputy Fire Chief Terry Williams said.
Two railroad cars were involved, the one carrying propane and the other carrying soybeans, according to Melanie Boyer, spokeswoman for Cooperstown-based New York Susquehanna & Western Railway.
The 20-car NYS&WR was heading southbound from Syracuse to Binghamton, Boyer said. The last two cars derailed.She said there was no propane leak.
Boyer said a crew is on site and is waiting for cranes and other equipment to arrive to take the cars away. She said she did not know when the equipment would arrive, or how long it would take to remove the cars.
Boyer added that a full investigation of how the tankers would occur, but didn’t know when.
Edith Garrow, of 111 Berwyn Ave., said officials knocked on her door about 2 p.m. and told her to leave. They told her a tanker had tipped over.
"I don't know how long we're going to be out of our houses," she said. Garrow was standing in front of 604 East Colvin St. around the corner from her house. Police tape stretched across East Colvin on either side of Benedict Avenue. About a dozen police and fire trucks crowded around the barriers.
We will update this article as information becomes available.
Sara Tracey contributed to this story.