Crews removing derailed freight train with hazardous load

Crews removing derailed freight train with hazardous load

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 8, 2017 at 3:08 p.m.


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NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Crews worked Wednesday to put a derailed CSX freight train back on the tracks at a New York railroad crossing where it collided with a forklift.

Officials with the Jacksonville, Florida-based freight hauler said CSX crews were attempting to remove the three locomotives and 14 cars that derailed Tuesday afternoon along the Hudson River's bank in Newburgh, 60 miles from New York City.

CSX estimated the line will be opened by Thursday evening.

The 77-car train was heading from the Albany area to Georgia when it struck a steel company's forklift that became disabled on the tracks. The operator was able to get off the forklift before the lead locomotive struck it, causing the derailment.

Two crew members aboard the train suffered minor injuries.

CSX estimates approximately 4,660 gallons of diesel fuel leaked from the ruptured locomotive fuel tanks. The train's load included sulfuric acid, but the company said no hazardous materials leaked from any of the tank cars.

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