Rensselaer County

Office of County Executive Steve McLaughlin

News Release: January 10, 2019


Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin joined emergency services officials Thursday in touring the scene of a freight train derailment that occurred in Hoosick on Wednesday evening.

The derailment caused several cars to leave the track. Crews were on the scene responding to the situation, and removal of the cars may take a few days.

McLaughlin said he was thankful the derailment was contained to a limited area and also appreciative of what he termed an “outstanding” response from federal, state, county and local officials.

“There was no injury or loss of life, and public health and safety are not in jeopardy. This is an accident that could have been much worse, and we were fortunate things turned out as they did,” said McLaughlin.

“Rensselaer County is also fortunate that we had an outstanding response from so many emergency services providers in such a short period of time. Everyone, from North Hoosick Fire Department Chief Alan Bornt to county Bureau of Public Safety’s Jay Wilson to State Police, DEC and DOT and federal transportation officials were on the scene in minutes and helped make a difference,” added McLaughlin.

“We greatly appreciate their response and dedication to keeping the people of Rensselaer County safe. This incident was a great example of the effectiveness and commitment of these providers,” said McLaughlin.

McLaughlin said he has been informed heavy equipment needed to clear the tracks has been secured. Removal of the cars involvement in the train derailment could take days. A command post has been established at the North Hoosick Fire Department and updates are expected later today.

For more information regarding this press release, call County Director of Operations Richard Crist, 518-270-2955 or 518-928-1920.