Oneida derailment & fire

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Oneida, New York, USA

Suspicious track segment

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Investigators from the National Transportation and Safety Board found a suspect piece of track while investigating Monday’s train derailment and explosion, officials from the agency said at a news conference at Elm and Fitch streets this afternoon.

Controlled fire

A controlled burn took place at 1 p.m. today at the site of the train derailment.

Six cars have been cleared, and the car containing ferric chloride is empty, CSX Spokesman Bob Sullivan said.

The toluene fire went out at 9 p.m. Monday. There are a few cars containing propane that are burning at this moment. For the next 24 hours to 36 hours, residents will see a lot of black smoke.

Homes evacuated

Contractors spent the better part of Monday night and Tuesday removing six cars from the CSX train derailment site – and there are several more to be removed, said Deputy Chief Gregg Myers of the Oneida Fire Department.

Amtrak service still suspended

Amtrak’s Empire Corridor service between Albany and Syracuse still is suspended. The rail will remain closed until further notice.


References

Investigators find ‘suspicious’ piece of track at derailment site

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