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NY Amtrak service delayed by burning bulldozer

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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— Rail service is back to normal west of Albany where a burning bulldozer delayed Amtrak trains for a while.

Albany Fire Department Battalion Chief William Moore tells the Albany Times Union a man working on the $83 million second-track project between Albany and Schenectady Tuesday afternoon jumped off his bulldozer when it caught fire shortly before 4:30. The machine kept moving for some distance before an Amtrak worker climbed on and stopped it.

Trains were held at the Rensselaer and Schenectady stations while Amtrak crews checked to make sure the track and signals weren't damaged.

Amtrak spokesman Craig Schulz says service resumed at 5:45 p.m.

The track is used by trains traveling to and from Chicago, Toronto, Niagara Falls, Montreal and Rutland.

 
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