Freight Train Derails in New York
NEW YORK (AP) _ Double-stacked freight train cars struck an overpass on Friday and derailed, knocking out a rail line shortly before tens of thousands of commuters headed for their trains.
``I’m hating every minute of it,″ said Jeff Lemming, an Atlanta businessman who was trying to find a way out of the city to Connecticut.
Commuter rail lines were tied up for hours following the 5 a.m. accident. The 125-car Conrail train struck the overpass about the same time commuter service begins.
Three cars double-stacked with empty containers tipped off the tracks just south of Yankee Stadium. Grand Central Station was quieter than usual all morning.
``Look around,″ said Susannah Kraft, manager of the near-empty America’s Coffee shop at Grand Central. ``Usually this whole space is filled with people.″
Meanwhile, in Socorro, N.M., three train crewmen were battered and bruised Friday when two locomotives and the first 24 cars of a 54-car freight train derailed.
The head car was leaking molasses, but no other leaks were reported.