A ‘Great Job’ After Trouble

Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace may have summed it up best early Wednesday morning on his Twitter account: “Train derailment in Ripley. 14 cars derailed from a 33 car train. Great job by all involved. No injuries.”

It was incredible.

Happening around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, the gravity of the situation was not truly known until minutes and hours passed. First calls on area scanners indicated a methanol spill. Once responders arrived, they saw the wreckage – right in the heart of the town.

“It is miracle that no one was hurt from the accident and we are grateful for that fact,” said state Sen. Catharine Young. “It’s times like these that remind us how fortunate we are to have such outstanding first responders. Local, state and federal emergency personnel are working together to resolve the danger posed from the derailed propane cars and ethanol spill. It is unfortunate that so many families have been displaced and I am hopeful they are safely back in their homes shortly. We thank everyone for their leadership, professionalism and cooperation.”

One hundred residents were evacuated after the spill. It could have been much worse.

Our region, especially Ripley, is lucky.