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CSX freight train derails in Canton, shutting down line

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CANTON — A freight train derailment in the village Tuesday evening shut down CSX Transportation's line between Massena and Syracuse.

Eight box cars on a southbound train went off the tracks about 6 p.m., with seven of them derailing next to the St. Lawrence County highway department building, fire officials said. Several of the box cars were buried in the deep snow between Park and Miner streets. No cars had overturned, but one box car lost a set of wheels. The car missing its wheels was still attached to the remainder of the train, which stopped about 100 yards south of the Buck Street crossing.

A section of track between Miner and Park streets was torn up from the derailment.

Canton Fire Chief Michael E. Dalton said the 75-car train wasn't carrying any hazardous materials. It was loaded with lumber and paper products. CSX officials said the train was heading to Selkirk, Albany County.

"They expect the cleanup and repair of the track to take two days," Mr. Dalton said.

A freight car carrying lumber pallets, still on the tracks, was partially blocking Park Street. CSX officials on scene late Tuesday told fire officials they could move the freight car and a few other cars from the area.

A CSX train cleanup crew was expected to arrive early Wednesday morning to begin removing the derailed trains.

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