Accidents

Cheektowaga, N.Y. (CSX) February 9, 2004
Eight cars derailed at CSX's Frontier Yard in Cheektowaga on Monday, February 9. Five cars toppled over completed, three of them were LPG cars containing residual amounts of liquid propane. Cheektowaga emergency crews responded but did not put a hazmat plan into action.

Cheektowaga television station WIVB reported that the train was being operated by remote control at the time of the derailment. The station also interviewed a train crew member who asked to remain anonymous. The individual's voice was disguised when appearing on television, but a printed version of the story also appeared on the WIVB website.

The anonymous employee said, "These remote controls have been shoved down our throat. They think they're more efficient, more effective, more safe. Well, you can see how safe they are."

The CSX employee said there have been several accidents around the country involving remote control train cars, many involving injury.

"They think it's more safe than a two man job which is completely ridiculous. This is another accident that will more than likely be shoved under the rug."