B&P derailment leads to evacuation

News Wire Digest third section for May 19: Buffalo-area derailment leads to evacuation; Iowa Northern to purchase rail line
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Still more Tuesday rail news in brief:

— About 40 homes were evacuated as a precautionary measure when a Buffalo & Pittsburgh train derailed in East Aurora, N.Y., Monday night. The Buffalo News reports that a locomotive and 15 of the train’s 98 cars derailed. The manifest freight included some petroleum products, police said, leading to the evacuation of the homes in a roughly four-block area. The only spill that resulted was of some fuel from the locomotive. No injuries were reported; site cleanup may take a couple of days and could require some road closures.

— Iowa Northern Railway has filed a notice of exemption with the Surface Transportation Board to acquire 23 miles of former Union Pacific rail line between Dewar and Oelwein, Iowa, from D&W Railroad, Inc. Iowa Northern has operated over the line, a former Chicago Great Western route, since 2003 and plans no change in operations as a result of the purchase, the railroad says in its STB filing. Iowa Northern, based in Waterloo, Iowa, operates approximately 160 miles between Cedar Rapids and Manly, Iowa.

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