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Recent bout of rail disasters has locals questioning safety

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Recent rail disasters has some in our area questioning the likelihood of a train accident happening locally.  

At the Port of Albany, tons of tankers are stored and dozens more make their way through every day. 

"Obviously any of these things can catch fire. Can release gases and can explode if proper conditions exist," said Rick Mathews, Director of the National Center for Security and Preparedness.

Matthews says it's possible for tankers like ones at the Port of Albany, many of them carrying potentially dangerous chemicals and also crude oil, to be a safety concern. But he says that a major disaster involving the shipment of these materials is highly unlikely here in the Capital Region.

Mathews says residents should feel confident that if something did go wrong, that they have the right resources ready and are prepared to respond.

"I think Albany is extremely well protected. We have a fantastic Hazardous materials team, the Albany Fire Department, there's DEC folks. There's lots of agencies here that have rapid response capabilities and are well trained and well suited to take care of these types of events," he said.

 

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