State Police investigate a train derailment in the City of Newburgh


 State Police investigate a train derailment in the City of Newburgh

 Major Joseph A. Tripodo
 Troop F Commander

On March 7, 2017, at 3:11 pm, a CSX freight train struck a 135 foot articulating boom lift while traveling on the CSX Hudson Line.

The train, consisting of three locomotives and 77 railcars, was traveling southbound when it struck the boom lift.

The operator of the boom lift was approaching a private crossing when it became disabled on the tracks.  The operator was able to get off the lift before the lead locomotive struck it, causing the train to derail.

The lead locomotive continued southbound before coming to rest on River Road.

During the derailment of the railcars, uninvolved CSX tamper and regulator (rail operated track maintenance machines) were struck on an adjacent track causing injuries to the two operators.

The total derailment consisted of three locomotives and 14 rail cars.

CSX estimates approximately 4,660 gallons of diesel fuel leaked from the ruptured locomotive fuel tanks.  No other locomotive tanks or cars were compromised or leaked, and no loss of product occurred.  Currently, the scene is stabilized and recovery operations have commenced.

Both operators, along with the locomotive conductor and engineer were treated at St. Lukes Hospital.  One operator was admitted pending further treatment, the others were treated and released.

CSX estimates the rail line will be opened by Thursday evening and the wreckage removed over next 48 hours.

A press conference will be held at 10:30 am at the Command Area on Silver Springs Road near River Road. It is located on the south side of the scene.


Author: Harlem Valley News