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Train derails on city's southside; residents evacuated

— A train derailment on the city's southside has caused traffic delays.

The train cars came off the track near Moore Avenue and East Colvin Street. One of those trains includes a propane tank, the other is full of soy beans.

Police have evacuated the area within 1,000 feet of the wreck, bringing at least 60 families to shelters, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner said. Temporary shelter has been set up at the Westcott Community Center. Residents on Benedict and Berwyn Avenues have been evacuated. Those interested in looking for information about a relative can call 701-0303.

Interstate 81 has been shut down northbound at Interstate-481 and southbound at Interstate-690.

Miner said the clean-up would take "at least" overnight. CSX crews are assessing the situation and repeatedly checking for leaks from the tank.

Syracuse Police Department have released the following detour information:

Traffic from the north of the City: Use Rt 481 south to the Brighton Av, exit right to Ansley Dr and follow the signs to the Skytop Parking facility.

If you are coming in Rt 81 and you have parking waiting for you in the area of the DOME follow the detour and you will be directed to Rt 690 east, exit at Teall Av and turn left at the bottom of the ramp. Turn left again and enter onto Rt 690 west and then exit at Townsend St. Turn left onto Townsend St and follow the detour.

From west of the City exit Rt 690 at West St and follow West St to Shonnard St. Turn left onto Shonnard St which turns into Adams St. Follow Adams to the University.

From south of the city use Rt 81 north to Rt 481 north and exit at Rockcut Rd. Turn right onto Rockcut Rd and then turn right onto E Brighton Av to Ansley Dr and follow the signs to the Skytop parking facility.

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