Local residents cope with accident

FONDA – Businesses and local residents were coping Thursday after the train derailment closed Route 5 between Fonda and Palatine Bridge.

Bob Rose II, general manager of Lost Boyz Auto Sales, said his business Thursday morning was effectively cut off from customers for a time.

Rose said customers called, asking how they could come and pick up cars in the shop. Rose said the business would remain open.

Rocky Warner, co-owner of the American Dream Cafe truck in Fonda, said the accident was causing no problems for him.

“Other than the road being closed and people stopping to be nosy, it’s just a normal day for us,” Warner said Thursday.

Susan Kelsey, manager of the Stewart’s on Route 5 in Fonda, said the shop donated coffee and water to the workers at the crash site.

“I don’t think it will hurt our business,” Kelsey said.

Ellen DiStefano, who works at the gift shop at the National Kateri Shrine in Fonda, said no guests were able to get to the site Thursday.

Ann Doitte, an employee at Fage in Johnstown, said she avoided the accident driving from Canajoharie.

“I couldn’t believe it, I was shocked,” Doitte said.

Because of Route 5’s closure, much traffic was being rerouted through Fultonville, said Fonda Mayor Bill Peeler.