Locomotive cleared from derailment site

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Cleanup and an investigation is underway in Orange County after a freight train flew off the tracks and onto a roadway.



Special machinery pulled the lead locomotive of a derailed CSX freight train off River Road in New Windsor early this morning.



CSX officials say the train first hit a crane around 3 p.m. Tuesday, sending three engines and the first 20 cars off the track. "For unknown reasons that boom lift became disabled on the tracks, the operator of the boom lift departed that vehicle," says State Police Capt. Richard Mazzone.



According to CSX, the train had three locomotives and 77 freight cars in transit from upstate New York to Georgia. They say that seven of the derailed cars were carrying hazardous materials including sulfuric acid and sodium hydroxide, but none leaked out. The rest were carrying corn products and salt.



Approximately 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel did leak from ruptured fuel tanks, but hazmat teams think they have contained the spill. "At this point there's no indication that we have any issues of any of that fuel leak going into the river or waterway," says Capt. Mazzone.



CSX hopes to have the wreckage cleaned up within the next 24 hours.


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