MONROE COUNTY — A train derailment in Wheatland that spilled rock salt is raising environmental concerns.
The crash site is approximately 150 yards from Oatka Creek, a 1.7 mile stream that runs through Oatka Creek County Park in Wheatland.
Oatka Creek is prized for its wild brown trout. Each year the NYSDEC stocks the creek with 11,200 brown trout.
The Region 8 spill team is handling all DEC concerns about the train derailment in Wheatland.
Officials from the Region 8 Spill Team did not immediately return a call for comment. The spill is not considered toxic.
The Wheatland train derailment isn’t the only train derailment that Rochester has had to face in the last 12 years.
According to Google News, on Sunday December 23, 2001, a freight train of the CSX Corp that carried thousands of gallons of chemicals derailed in Charlotte, NY. Two of the train tanks contained methylene chloride and acetone which spilled out and caught fire. Two houses were damaged in the fire. An engineer who jumped from the train was treated at a nearby hospital, the only other person on the train was the conductor who was not injured.
Updates will be given as information is received.