Train derailment in town of Amsterdam sparks broader rail safety, environmental concerns

Train derailment in town of Amsterdam sparks broader rail safety, environmental concerns

TOWN OF AMSTERDAM — Local officials are urging federal agencies to review safety regulations and the transportation of hazardous materials by rail following last week’s derailment of a CSX freight train running between Route 5 and the Mohawk River.“If the trains were fully loaded, we would have had an environmental crisis and a real risk to our communities and the river,” said Dan Shapley, senior director of advocacy, policy and planning at environmental non-profit Riverkeeper, on Wednesday.At least 13 cars left the tracks out of 157 that made up the westbound train when the derailment occurred in the town of…
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