CSX freight train derails in Oneida, New York, tank car explodes
Monday, March 12, 2007
No injuries have yet been reported as a result of the accident. It is not yet known what caused the accident; CSX and NTSB officials are investigating.
Twenty six of the train's 79 cars derailed around 7:00 a.m. local time; the derailment led to the explosion of at least onecarrying . Two other cars are known to contain hazardous materials. As many as seven cars have been reported as burning.
As a precaution, 23 miles (37 kilometers) of the adjacenthave been closed between Syracuse and Verona. Authorities have ordered a complete evacuation for a one-mile radius around the derailment site, including a jail and two elementary schools. 's between Albany and Syracuse is suspended and between Syracuse and Chicago is also affected; passengers on these routes are being bused around the affected area.
At the time of the accident the train had a two-man crew and was traversing a section of track that has a 60 mile per hour (MPH) speed limit. The train crew were not injured; it is not yet known what speed the train was traveling when the accident occurred.
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