Cleanup of wreckage continues

MOHAWK – The cleanup from Thursday’s two-train collision could continue for three to five days, Montgomery County Emergency Management Director Adam Schwabrow said Friday.

Schwabrow said Route 5 could open during that period of time.

Officials say two CSX freight trains hit each other Thursday just west of Fonda around 8 a.m. An engineer and a conductor on one of the trains received minor injuries, authorities said.

The collision caused a 45-car derailment and threw one car onto Route 5.

Authorities closed a 12-mile stretch of Route 5 after the derailment from Fonda to Palatine.

Authorities said the two trains brushed against each other while they were passing each other in opposite directions on parallel tracks, resulting in the derailment.

A CSX spokesman said one of the trains was traveling from Avon, Ind., to Selkirk with four locomotives and 126 freight cars. The other train was going from Selkirk to New Castle, Pa., with two locomotives and 83 freight cars.