Below derailment(s) were found researching historical archives. St. Johnsville is 35 miles east of Utica. Irregardless of funding for safety, accidents are unavoidable. We believe the Utica Observer-Dispatch needs to understand this. They only need compare the hospital concept for Downtown vs. the 2007 Rail Explosion in Oneida, which they documented extensively.
December 18, 1944 - Train leaves tracks in St. Johnsville, no injuries reported...
Adding historical news of St. Johnsville, NY derailment... https://t.co/Y8KmkbsddR we respect every effort of @CSX @nscorp @Amtrak towards safety, but risk remain inherent; downtown @CityofUtica no place for @MVHealthSystem's #mvhsdowntown pic.twitter.com/8dbjNOFy1V— #NoHospitalDowntown (@NoHospitalDwtn) August 24, 2018
Times have changed, paper systems have long been replaced, however this Upstate train accident story shows how a Small Error Leads To Rail Calamity. Accidents occur for various reasons, can never be 100% eliminated, and that's why hospitals and other critical assets are placed in low risk areas.
See our page Downtown Utica, NY: CSX Tracks = "RED ZONE" Hospital as we discuss implications of the tracks next to proposed site.
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