Amtrak to resume train service
Tracks expected to be cleared by this morning after CSX derailment
By CATHY WOODRUFF, Staff writer
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First published: Thursday, June 1, 2006
One track was cleared late Wednesday afternoon and a second was
expected to be ready for traffic sometime Wednesday night after a CSX
freight train derailed Tuesday in the Montgomery County hamlet of
Tribes Hill, halting freight and passenger trains that usually roll
along the Mohawk riverfront.
CSX spokesman Bob Sullivan said the freight railroad was able to
resume routing some trains through the area by 4:15 p.m., and Amtrak's
Lake Shore Limited from New York City to Chicago also ran on Wednesday
afternoon after a cancellation on Tuesday, according to an Amtrak
Amtrak, which had been ferrying passengers on some trains between
stations east and west of the derailment by bus, was expected to
operate on its normal schedule of east-west runs along the Mohawk
The cause of the derailment, which caused about 25 cars to jump off
the track at about 2 p.m. Tuesday, remains under investigation,
There were no injuries, but the mishap did prompt the evacuation of
about 30 homes in Tribes Hill as a precaution as fierce thunderstorms
approached. Officials feared that an errant lightning strike could
ignite vapors inside several tank cars that had held flammable ethanol
and were among the cars derailed.
Residents were allowed to return to their homes at about 7 p.m., when
the storms had passed and CSX officials and firefighters examined the
condition of the derailed tankers. All were intact, except one car
containing vegetable oil, which leaked, Sullivan said.