Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Footage Released of Runaway Rail Car

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Footage Released of Runaway Rail Car

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UTICA, N.Y. - Video surveillance footage released Friday shows a rail car that was accidentally set in motion by a 13-year-old boy ramming an antique locomotive into a central New York train station, sending passengers waiting for a train scrambling for safety. Oneida County officials released the footage as they called on federal rail regulators to explain how a 265,000-pound rail car left unattended for two weeks could be unlatched by a teenager playing on the car, according to the account of the July 21 accident that the teen gave to Utica police.

"I understand that the Federal Railroad Administration has concluded that proper procedure was followed, County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. said. "That is astounding."

Video cameras at Utica's Union Station show the New York, Susquehanna and Western freight car barreling down on the county- owned facility during the evening rush. Seconds later, a camera on the station platform shows the car hitting the 100-year-old locomotive and ramming it through a station wall. …

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