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New York Derailment Response Efforts Continue

03/14/2007 AT 21:10

Working closely with local, state and federal emergency responders, CSXT is continuing to move rail cars away from the fire using standard procedures. In addition, company and public responders will be conducting a flaring operation, which involves piping liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from some remaining rail cars into a pit, where the materials are burned in controlled conditions.

CSXT also continues to work with the Red Cross in addressing the needs of residents at an outreach center located at the Red Cross Headquarters, 100 Washington Avenue, Oneida, New York. People with questions or needs may also call a CSXT 24-hour telephone hotline, 1-877-835-5279.

The CSXT train was traveling from Buffalo to Selkirk, New York when it derailed at Oneida. There are no reported injuries. The train consisted of 79 cars, including 40 LPG tank cars and two tank cars containing hazardous materials that are not classified as toxic inhalation hazards. It is believed that four cars in total have been on fire since the incident occurred, and one of the four stopped burning yesterday. Efforts to extinguish the remaining fires are ongoing.

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