Sheriff’s Dept. helps out Madison County after railroad catastrophe

NORWICH – After 28 cars derailed in flames near the City of Oneida Monday, spilling hazardous chemicals, officials evacuated many local families and businesses.

The Madison County Correctional Facility was forced to evacuate its 78 inmates. Many of them were transported by school bus, with several Madison and Chenango County Sheriff vehicles in escort, to the Chenango County Correctional Facility for the night.

“The Madison County Executive made the decision to evacuate the facility because it was very close to the area of the train derailment,” said Chenango County Undersheriff Ernest Cutting.

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