Minor rail derailment at Selkirk yard

Times Union | July 30, 2014 | Column by Paul Grondahl


About 15 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from a locomotive and three rail cars, including one loaded with plywood, that derailed during a switching operation at the CSX Transportation facility in Selkirk on Wednesday, officials said.

The 7 p.m. derailment did not involve any oil tankers and there were no injuries reported, said Gary Sease, a spokesman for CSX. The other two rail cars were empty, he said.

The diesel fuel that spilled onto the tracks was cleaned up and all necessary notifications were made, Sease said.

"Damage is limited and we'll investigate to see why it happened," Sease said.

"This is a non-reportable accident, but they notified us anyway," said Beau Duffy, a state Department of Transportation spokesman. By law, any spill of a hazardous material must be reported to the DOT within one hour.

-— Paul Grondahl


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