Debris from Uncovered Freight Train Raises L.I. Safety Concerns

Sen. Chuck Schumer joined with Mineola residents to protest uncovered freight trains in densely populated areas

Monday, May 21, 2012  |  Updated 8:43 PM EDT
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Loose debris flying from uncovered freight trains is raising safety concerns on Long Island. Lori Bordonaro reports.

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Loose debris flying from uncovered freight trains is raising safety concerns on Long Island. Lori Bordonaro reports.

Sen. Charles Schumer says loose debris flying from uncovered freight trains is raising safety concerns on Long Island.

The Democrat joined Mineola residents in calling for an investigation into the issue.

Schumer wants the Federal Railroad Administration to require freight trains traveling through densely populated areas to cover cars carrying loose debris.  Unlike freight trucks, freight trains are not required to be covered.

Schumer said cars have been damaged by debris that apparently flew off freight cars. 

He says there also are concerns about loose freight train debris falling on and around Long Island Rail Road commuter tracks.

The Federal Railroad Administration says it does not require covers on freight trains, but enforces other safety meaures.  

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