Man hit by oil tanker train in Maplewood

Troy Record | April 14, 2015 | Report by Danielle Sanzone

COLONIE >> A 35-year-old man was hit by an empty Canadian Pacific Railroad oil tanker train just north of Elm Street at about 6:30 p.m. Monday.

MIKE McMAHON - MMcMAHON@DIGITALFIRSTMEDIA.COM, A 35-yr old male is in critical condition after being hit by a freight train Monday evening in Maplewood North of the Elm Ave crossing. The male was laying on the tracks when hit and has severe head trauma and a broken back and was transported to Albany Medical Center, Monday April 13, 2015

The unidentified man, who is in the ICU at Albany Medical Center in critical condition, was reportedly laying on the tracks, according to Maplewood Fire Chief Robert Comproski. The victim’s’s name is being withheld pending notification of family members. 

The conductor hit the emergency brake, but not soon enough to stop the 122-car train before it hit the man. 

Comproski said it was his understanding that it takes about one-quarter mile for the train to stop when the emergency brake is pulled.

The man was found unconscious in “very critical” condition with head trauma and a possible back injury. 

As of 9:30 p.m., the CP Rail train, which was headed north to Montreal, was blocking all major east-west routes in Watervliet. All vehicles had to be re-routed. The train consisted of two locomotives and 118 cars and the two CP Rail employees who were onboard the train at the time of the accident were not injured. 

The Elm Street crossing in Colonie as well as the crossings at 19th, 23rd, 24th and 25th Streets in Watervliet were blocked for approximately three hours and fifteen minutes. 

Though unconfirmed, the chief said the injured man may have worked at nearby Comfortex. 

Maplewood Fire, Watervliet Fire, Colonie Police, Watervliet Police, and CP Rail responded to the incident although the Colonie Police and the Canadian Pacific Rail Police are jointly investigating the incident. 

During the incident, Edward Frament, 19, of Watervliet, was arrested for second-degree obstructing governmental administration for interfering with police officers who were conducting the on-scene investigation. He was taken to the Colonie Police station, processed, issued an appearance ticket and released. 

Colonie Police ask that anyone who witnessed the incident or that may have information pertaining to it to call 783-2754. 

Danielle Sanzone may be reached at 290-8362.

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