Officials Seeking Answers About Train On Fire In North Buffalo
In late February 2023, several residents of a North Buffalo neighborhood observed a freight train pass through their neighborhood with flames shooting from some of the cars. Those observations not only grabbed the attention of several people who live in the neighborhood, but also of many government officials who became concerned about another major train incident like the one that happened in Ohio earlier in February.
The Buffalo News initially reported about this and it peaked my concern as I live just a few short blocks from the Beltline train tracks that run right through my neighborhood.
I drive by and under those train tracks, every day, and the tracks even sit on the edge of my son's school, so imagine my surprise when I heard and read about this.
Congressman Higgins has commented that it's essential that Norfolk Southern, the owner of the train in question, and the US Department of Transportation do a thorough investigation.
The Buffalo News was able to obtain a copy of a video from one of the people who live right near the tracks that show a large fireball going through backyards.
Many Are Calling For Tighter Regulations on Trains
While the massive train derailment that happened in Ohio has effectively no impact on the Buffalo area, officials from all levels of government are urging regulators to clamp down on train safety rules.
New York Senator Chuck Schumer is encouraging the US Congress to pass a new law, the Railway Safety Act of 2023, that would create new safety rules and would create new regulations to help hold railroad companies accountable for accidents. Many cities in New York State, like Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse, have active freight lines running right through the middle of the city.
The horrifying train derailment in Ohio has people in Syracuse and across Upstate rightfully concerned about the safety of trains carrying hazardous materials that regularly run through Syracuse’s downtown and nearby communities. The tracks behind me run right through numerous residential areas of the city, as well as Syracuse's busy Armory Square, a bustling downtown hub full of local businesses and restaurants, and a hazardous chemical spill could be disastrous...
-Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senate Majority Leader