Must See: Amazing Aerial Footage Of The Newburgh Train Derailment
More information was learned and Hudson Valley Post obtained some must-see images from Tuesday’s train derailment in Newburgh.
On Tuesday around 3:30 p.m., a CSX freight train carrying hazardous material, traveling from Selkirk to Georgia, came off the tracks near the City of Newburgh-New Windsor border.
According to State Police, three locomotives and 14 other rail cars jumped the tracks causing a diesel fuel leak and downing electrical lines. CSX estimates approximately 4,660 gallons of diesel fuel leaked from the ruptured locomotive fuel tanks.
The 77-car train included 38 loads of freight and 39 empty cars. The train was carrying sulfuric acid and sodium hydroxide, as well as cardboard, corn oil and glass products.
Both operators, along with the locomotive conductor and engineer were treated at St. Lukes Hospital. One operator was admitted pending further treatment, the others were treated and released, officials say.
“I am getting sick and tired of issuing statements about dangerous train derailments, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-18th) said. “I’m glad to hear reports that no one was killed but even one injury is too many. It’s got to stop.”
The operator of the boom lift was approaching a private crossing when it became disabled on the tracks. The operator was able to get off the lift before the lead locomotive struck it, causing the train to derail, police confirmed on Tuesday.
“Outdated train cars barreling down the Hudson River carrying hazardous materials are literally a train wreck waiting to happen,” Maloney said.