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Nov. 21, 2005

Central Square Residents Advised that Rail Cars Are Being Moved Today

CENTRAL SQUARE - Area residents are encouraged to stay tuned to local radio and television stations this afternoon and evening for updates on the CSX train derailment.

Hastings Town Supervisor Bruce Rio is advising town residents and people living in the western portion of the town of West Monroe to be aware that CSX will be moving railroad cars containing chlorine gas throughout this afternoon and into the evening.

"CSX assures us that the risks associated with moving the tanks are very low," said Rio. "As a precautionary measure, in consultation with Central Square Village Mayor Michael Dixon, I encourage people in the vicinity of Central Square to monitor local news media in case there is a need for the public to take protective actions."

The Town of Hastings is working with CSX and several state and local agencies while the cars are removed.

"The CSX company's standard operating procedure in this type of situation is to install new wheels, upright the tanker car, put it back on the track, and move it," said Rio. CSX is continuing air monitoring at the site of the train derailment, which occurred Saturday afternoon.

Central Square Fire Chief Dennis Hotaling is incident commander at the scene. Several state and local agencies are assisting. They include Oswego County Haz-Mat Team, Fulton City Haz-Mat Team, Southern Oswego Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Central Square Village Police, Brewerton Volunteer Fire Department, Oswego County Fire Coordinator's Office, Oswego County Emergency Management Office, New York State Police, state Department of Environmental Conservation, state Office of Fire Prevention and Control, state Emergency Management Office, and state Department of Transportation.

"Oswego County will continue to work with local and state agencies to ensure the safety of area residents and travelers," said Patricia Egan, director of the Oswego County Emergency Management Office.

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