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Train derailment accident report cites operator error


ALBANY, N.Y. -- It took days to clean up a massive train derailment 35 miles west of Albany in the Mohawk Valley, and now an accident report has been filed citing operator error as the cause.

The accident report filed with the Federal Railroad Administration states that operator error caused the derailment. Dozens of train cars were piled up after a CSX transportation train going eastbound side swiped a train going west.

CSX filed the report, saying the cause of the June 27th derailment was that the crew of the eastbound train "operated past a trackside stop light without permission, as the west bound train was crossing from one track to another."

A representative from the FRA said this is equivalent to running a red light in a car.

This failure to stop caused major damage to the entire area, and two people suffered minor injuries. In a statement released by CSX, they say "the train crew of the eastbound train was subject to appropriate discipline at CSX." However, they would not say what the discipline was. A week after the incident the railway was opened back up, but the area of Route 5 stayed closed until just this week.

Federal officials will still continue with their investigation into this incident.


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