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Tank Cars Carrying Crude Oil Derail in Cheektowaga

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP/WBEN) - Authorities say there were no leaks or injuries when several tanker cars carrying crude oil derailed in western New York.
Local media report that three cars tipped on their side and two remained upright in the Buffalo suburb of Cheektowaga Tuesday morning.
A CSX spokesman says the train was traveling from Chicago to Philadelphia.
The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

Senator Charles Schumer released the following statement Tuesday on the CSX derailment. CSX has confirmed that they were DOT-111 cars involved in the derailment:

“Today’s derailment is a reminder of the danger posed by crude oil transported in outdated railcars; clearly we must replace and retrofit these cars with all due speed. In August, I stood only yards away from today’s derailment and called on the FRA to phase-out older, unsafe cars, which is something now under consideration for potential rulemaking. We are lucky that in today’s derailment no one was hurt, and the cars did not breach, but with over 300 of these flawed cars passing though Western New York every day, the time is now to begin replacing these cars with safer models.”

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