MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Some 45 homes have been evacuated after two of the three ethanol-carrying derailed cars began leaking, the WGRZ news channel reported, citing Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office.
VIDEO: emergency personnel in Ripley work to contain ethanol leak from train derailment.18 cars derailed, 2 leaking pic.twitter.com/hiJdmbC4Tr— Nate Benson (@natebenson) March 2, 2016
The county's emergency services advised residents to stay clear of the rail road that runs along Shaver Street, the channel said.
On late Tuesday, 18 of the train's 33 cars derailed near Shaver Street and Mechanic Street in Ripley, according to media reports. Residents within 300 meters (1,000 feet) were evacuated after one of the cars began to leak hazardous material. No injuries were reported.
Ethanol can cause intoxication and is highly volatile and flammable.