No injuries reported in freight train derailment in Marathon

May 28, 2015 by Mark H. Anbinder

A freight train derailed at about 7:15 this morning in the Cortland County village of Marathon, New York, but there were no reported injuries, according to the New York State Police.

Photos courtesy of Michael Sovocool.Photos courtesy of Michael Sovocool.Witness Michael Sovocool, a Marathon resident, says a train wheel reportedly seized on the northbound freight train somewhere south of Marathon, and there may be track damage as far south as Whitney Point.

Sovocool says the last seven cars of the train detached from the rest of the train. Three cars derailed, with one completely off the railbed, he told 14850 Today.

The train cars derailed right near the Dollar General store in Marathon, just off Route 221, or West Main Street, west of the Tioghnioga River and Interstate 81. As they do in Ithaca, freight trains proceed through Marathon and its at-grade rail crossings very slowly, so speed was not likely a factor. The Village of Marathon, in the Town of Marathon, lies along I-81 between Cortland and Whitney Point, due east of Ithaca.

New York State Police Troop C is participating in the investigation of this morning's derailment. Just over two weeks ago, a speeding Amtrak passenger train derailed in Philadelphia, killing eight and injuring hundreds.

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