Freight train derails in central NY

January 23, 2008 6:50:52 AM PST
A freight train derailed in central New York early Wednesday, dumping about a dozen cars from the tracks, authorities said. The CSX train derailed in the village of Canastota, 20 miles east of Syracuse, shortly after 6 a.m., said Madison County Sheriff Ronald Cary.

The train of about 30 cars and was headed from Boston to Chicago, carrying truck containers on flat cars. Between 10 and 15 cars derailed, Cary said.

The engineer and conductor were not hurt. There were no evacuations, but local traffic had to be rerouted around the accident site, the sheriff said.

The location is about five miles from Oneida, where a CSX train derailed in March, triggering the explosion of four liquid propane tankers. No one was injured in that accident, but hundreds of local residents were evacuated, the New York Thruway was temporarily shut down and Amtrak passenger service was interrupted.

In January 2007, an investigation by the Federal Railroad Administration found 3,518 safety defects, including 199 serious violations, in CSX's 23-state rail operations. The railroad paid nearly $350,000 in fines for federal rail safety violations stemming from the investigation.

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