Residents: CSX construction debris causes safety issues

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Leftover construction debris on a CSX train line in Rockland is causing some safety concerns.         

Peter Bradley lives near the Gilchrest Road crossing, and says the pile of old, wooden railroad ties along the CSX line in Congers has been there since the freight line redid its tracks last year. He says the ties are all stockpiled 100 yards long, and about 15 - 20 feet high at most places.

"You have to worry about kids climbing on them, one of them falling on a kid,” he says.

The planks - usually soaked in highly-flammable chemicals – can also be a fire hazard with homes and an electrical substation just feet away.

“We've asked them to move them. We've been told they're working on this but that's been weeks ago,” says Bradley.

Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann says the town has safety concerns, too.

“It's not enough to say we're working on this and we'll get them out of here. We need to see some action,” he says.

There is no word from CSX on when that could be.  News 12 reached out to CSX for comment, but has not heard back.

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