State inspectors find defects on CSX freight rails

The safety of CSX freight trains is being called into question following a report from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office that outlines dozens of problems along

State officials conducted surprise inspections along 148 miles of train track and on 453 crude oil tank cars.

State officials conducted surprise inspections along 148 miles of train track and on 453 crude oil tank cars. (3/17/15)

HAVERSTRAW - The safety of CSX freight trains is being called into question following a report from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office that outlines dozens of problems along its rails.

State officials conducted surprise inspections along 148 miles of train track and on 453 crude oil tank cars. The inspections turned up nearly 100 cases of defects, both major and minor, according to officials.

The inspections were conducted statewide, focusing on tracks, track hardware and tank car mechanical safety.

A critical defect was among a handful of others found along a 22-mile stretch of track from Newburgh to Haverstraw. The state said the defect, which included deteriorating cross ties, has been repaired. Non-emergency issues such as loose switch bolts have not been fixed.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day is calling on an outside agency to monitor CSX, since he says it cannot adequately do it itself.

CSX officials told News 12 that safety is its highest priority and that it has an aggressive program of inspection and maintenance in its network.

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