Inspectors find critical safety defects on CSX tracks

Published: September 16, 2015

safety_signSafety inspectors from the state Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration uncovered 95 defects in their most recent examination of rail cars and tracks across upstate New York, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Monday.

Four of those defects, all on CSX mainline track west of Albany, were considered critical, requiring immediate attention, according to the governor’s office. Two were found between Fonda and Amsterdam, while one was found on the track between Fonda and Rome and another in Marlboro. All were repaired immediately.

Railroads are given up to 30 days to repair noncritical defects. Defects uncovered by inspectors included damaged hazardous material placards, thin brake shoes, inoperative lights, loose bolts on oil tank car heat shields, and missing guard rail bolts.

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