Utica, NY

Much is spent on safety, but accidents by their nature cannot be avoided. We recently contacted the Utica Observer-Dispatch to remind them of a recent Huge Rail Explosion, just down the tracks in Oneida, which they reported on.

Downtown Utica is no stranger to derailments either...

1990 Downtown Utica Train Derailment

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April 28, 1992 - CSX freight train derailment in Utica...


April 29, 2017 - Newspaper recounts the incident, UticaOD: This Day In Hisory...

1992, 25 years ago, Derailment: "Five youngsters – ranging in age from 9 to 14 – are charged with causing the derailment of an eastbound Conrail freight train last week. Utica Deputy Police Chief Nicholas Yagey says the five boys piled tires, chairs and a street sign with a cement base on the tracks near the Goldbas Playground. The debris got caught under the front wheels of the front car, flipping a track switch and forcing 36 cars of the track. It came to a stop nears the Bagg’s Square Bridge. There were no injuries. The youngsters – who remain with their families – have been charged with second-degree criminal mischief and first degree reckless endangerment. Conrail says the damage will exceed $400,000."

As another precuation, in the same year, another case of vandalization led to a Train Derailment With 74 Injuries.


Our Leaders have Warn us of... Should train cars and tankers carrying oil, propane, or toxic chemicals derail in downtown, it's very probable that a 1/2-mile or 1-mile evacuation radius would have to be established. Long tanker trains pass Union Station routinely...

And another 1990 video show a Busy Train Morning in Utica, NY


Downtown Utica, NY, July 21, 2015 - Not on the mainline, but Union Station struck by rail car...

Longer video here, Union Station Video


A rail diaster incinerates the downtown of Lac-Megantic, on July 6, 2013.


Downtown Utica, NY, 1990 - Here's a newspaper story from March 30, 1990 showing a derailed Conrail freight train...

Better Resolution: Downtown Utica Conrail Derailment, March 1990


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