New York News
2:23 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Schumer: Address Freight Train Derailment Risks

Senator Chuck Schumer.

In reaction to the wreck in Quebec that has killed 47 people, New York’s senior U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in downtown Albany with Mayor Jerry Jennings Monday afternoon to discuss train safety. Already this week, Schumer has asked the federal government to step in to find a solution to recent breakdowns in New York City’s subways and commuter rails following three breakdowns in the past month. Schumer says shipping oil has economic benefits, but must be done safely.

"And while this has fueled economic activity in and around the port of Albany -- we don't want it to stop -- these freight trains, which could carry up to 3 million barrels of oil in a single train, could cause substantial risk if they derail. Especially if they derail in a populated area."