Norfolk Southern Train Derails Near Ripley, New York; Cars Leak Ethanol

Local residents were evacuated from their homes after a train carrying hazardous materials derailed in western New York overnight, causing an unspecified amount of ethanol to leak.

More than a dozen cars on the eastbound Norfolk Southern train from Ohio derailed Tuesday night near the town of Ripley. The railway company said the train's two crew members were unharmed and were able to determine that at least one car was leaking ethanol.

Hazmat teams from the county, state and railroad responded to the scene and citizens within a 1,000-foot radius were evacuated from their homes. Other locals were urged to shelter in place, according to officials.

Three cars carrying hazardous liquids — including ethanol — and were turned on their side in the accident, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

"As a result, emergency response officials evacuated several homes in the immediate vicinity and instructed other nearby residents to stay inside," his office said in a statement.

Emergency officials initially thought only one of the cars carrying hazardous material was leaking but later said at least two tank cars were leaking ethanol.

The governor's office said he'd directed several agencies and foam equipment to assist in suppressing the spill and support hazmat teams spraying foam and working to patch the leak.

"We will continue to respond to the situation as it develops and take all necessary actions to keep people safe," the statement added.

Officials told NBC station WGRZ around 4:30 a.m. ET that the leak had been contained.

The railway company said the cause of the accident was under investigation.