Train derails in the Berkshires

Posted at: 11/15/2012 10:35 PM
Updated at: 11/16/2012 12:53 AM
By: Allison Dorchik

HOUSATONIC - Great Barrington Police say no one was hurt when a freight train derailed shortly before 7 p.m. on Front Street in the town of Housatonic. 

A total of 17 cars went off the tracks, with one resting against the Soul Tube Music Studio  building.
Police say there  is no concern about hazardous materials, and there's no major structural damage.
The northbound train, with 43 cars, originated in Caanan, Connecticut and was headed for Pittsfield at about 10 miles per hour, when it ran off the tracks, sending sparks into the air, and shearing off part of the roof on top of Robby Baier's studio at 168 Front Street, while his wife, Carol, was inside.
"She said, "It was as loud as usual but suddenly it got louder and louder and louder," Baier said. "It got to the point where she knew something was wrong and our dog suddenly jumped up."
Baier says he bought the building about twelve years ago, a building that dates back to the 1850s, when it served as the Housatonic train station.
Police at the scene say most of the cars, including at least four tankers that usually transport ethanol, were empty. Some of the cars were hauling trash.
"I guess we were just lucky," Baier stated. "We should also put it in perspective. This isn't Hurricane Sandy where people are much worse off then this and are facing insurmountable hardships."