New York Amtrak Serice Curbed After CSX Derailment

Amtrak passenger service to and from New York City was disrupted after a derailment involving two CSX Corp. (CSX) freight trains in upstate New York, blocking all available tracks and forcing cancellation of some trips.

Buses are being used to carry some Amtrak riders west of Albany, New York, and connect them to other trains, the national passenger railroad said today in an e-mailed statement. Among the suspended routes was the Empire Service, one of Amtrak’s most popular, according to Cliff Cole, a spokesman.

“There is no estimate for track restoration available from CSX at this time,” Amtrak said in the statement.

Two freight trains heading in opposite directions were involved in the derailment near Fonda, New York, CSX said, without providing further details. Robert Sullivan, a CSX spokesman, declined to say whether there was a collision, saying that the “cause is under investigation.”

Two CSX employees were treated for minor injuries at the scene, the Montgomery County of New York Emergency Management said on its Facebook page.

Four locomotives and 45 freight cars were derailed, Jacksonville, Florida-based CSX said, citing preliminary reports. Some diesel fuel leaked is being cleaned up, Sullivan said.

Kevin Thompson, a spokesman for the Federal Railroad Administration, said the agency is leading an investigation to determine the cause of the accident and see whether any federal regulations were violated.

The Empire Service route carried 1.06 million passengers in 2012, according to data from Amtrak.

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