County executive calls for derailment legislation

Updated: 05/13/2014 5:37 PM
Created: 05/13/2014 5:01 PM WNYT.com
By: WNYT Staff

Not reporting a derailment like the one that occurred Monday at the Kenwood Train Yard in Albany would be a crime if Albany County’s executive gets his way.

According to the Department Of Transportation, Canadian Pacific did not report the derailment of four dot 111 cars for nearly five hours after the incident occurred early Monday morning.

County Executive Dan McCoy calls that "unacceptable" and a significant threat to human life and the environment.

McCoy says, in June, he will ask the county legislature to vote on a bill that would fine and mandate jail time if an accident is not called in within the hour.

“Every minute they waited every hour they waiting if something went wrong that's the notification we needed to evacuate an area like this,” said McCoy.

The derailed cars remained upright and no oil was spilled.

Under current law, the state will likely fine the company $5,000.

McCoy hopes the legislature will vote on his proposal in June.

It also includes a fine.


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