Wolf Administration Provides Update on Bedford County Train Derailment

August 03, 2017

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and commonwealth agencies provided the following update on Wednesday’s train derailment in Hyndman, Bedford County, which led to the evacuation of residents within a one-mile radius of the incident.

“We are grateful that no one has been hurt as a result of this incident,” said Governor Wolf. “The safety of residents and infrastructure remain the top priority of our agencies and all local responders. We will work to ensure residents continue to be safe and CSX has committed the resources necessary to do that.”

CSX has established two reception centers for displaced residents to access information regarding lodging, transportation or other assistance: Hyndman Ministry Church, 152 Hyndman Rd., Hyndman, PA 15545, and the Bedford United Methodist Church, 132 E. John St., Bedford, PA 15522.

Residents are not required to report to the reception center; evacuees are free to travel to the destination of their choice but are advised to follow the guidance of local emergency personnel and heed road closures in the area. Motorists should be aware that there are a number of roads closed in the area, including State Routes 96 and 3004.

Members of the public who have questions about this incident or where they can go for help can call the CSX Incident Response Line at 1-800-331-4031.

The temporary flight restriction instituted yesterday remains in place at a radius of three miles to an elevation of 5,000 feet around the area. The temporary flight restrictions are in place in order to prevent possible mid-air collisions that may be caused by unnecessary flights, and to give priority to aircraft on official missions.

The Departments of Environmental Protection and Health continue working closely with CSX personnel to monitor conditions in and around the area. At this time, there has been no impact to local waterways, but an environmental contractor is on site and ready to respond in the event of a spill into any waterways. PA State Police are patrolling the area to ensure the security of homes and businesses, and are also staffing road security checkpoints.

The Commonwealth Response Coordination Center at PEMA headquarters outside Harrisburg remains activated with specially trained personnel from the departments of Human Services, Health, Environmental Protection, PA State Police, Public Utility Commission, Transportation, PA Turnpike, Military and Veterans Affairs, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and the American Red Cross.

Residents are reminded to monitor local media and follow the guidance of local emergency response personnel.

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