CSX freight train derails, leaking 4,660gal of diesel


A US CSX freight train travelling from Albany to Georgia has derailed on the banks of New York's Hudson River and reportedly leaked 4,660gal of diesel, as well as spilled sulphuric acid.

The fuel leaked from ruptured locomotive fuel tanks after the 77-car train hit a steel company's forklift that had become stuck on the tracks. The incident injured two crew members on the train.

Responding to the incident, US Representative Sean Patrick Maloney said: “While we don’t yet know why the train derailed, we do know that outdated train cars barrelling down the Hudson River carrying hazardous materials are literally a train wreck waiting to happen.

“We have to get smarter about how we transport crude oil, and invest in installing positive train control (PTC) on all our trains, the longer we fail to prioritise investing in rail safety infrastructure and technology, the more innocent lives we put in jeopardy.”

"We have to get smarter about how we transport crude oil, and invest in installing PTC on all our trains."

CSX said that four of the cars were carrying sulphuric acid, two had sodium hydroxide, while another one contained aqueous bisulphites.

Crews are working to put the freight train back on the tracks at the New York railroad crossing where the incident took place. 

Associated Press reported officials of CSX saying that crews have been attempting to remove the three derailed locomotives and 14 cars. The derailment occurred along the Hudson River's bank in Newburgh, 60 miles from New York City.