Train collision victim issued citation

A camera mounted on the front of the Westbound CSX train revealed that Salerno neglected to stop before being struck by the train.

He has been charged with "failing to stop at a railroad crossing, a class "A" misdemeanor and is scheduled to appear in New Scotland Town Court on Thursday, Dec. 18, the report states.

Capt. William Riley said right now there are no additional charges being brought against Salerno, but the incident is still under investigation.

The camera also showed that prior to the collision with the eastbound train it was "visible and approaching," according to the sheriff's office.

That train did not have a camera, but it did have a "graphic recorder data system," which revealed it was traveling 50 mph and also sounded its horn and bell one-quarter-mile before the collision. The conductor applied the emergency brake upon seeing the first collision, the report states.

The sheriff's office included in the report that CSX engineers did not appear to be in violation of any policies or procedures.

New Scotland Town officials, DOT, CSX and the Federal Railroad Administration met later on Tuesday, Nov. 25 to discuss how to proceed with the Youmans Road railroad crossing, according to Charles Carrier, a DOT spokesman.

He said the long-term solution is the construction of a new road that would allow travelers to bypass the crossing.

"The whole idea is to take them out a different direction," Carrier said.

Carrier said a private landowner will allow travelers to use a road on his property as temporary ingress and egress from the area as short-term solution.

With such a small amount of traffic coming from the opposite side of the tracks, DOT never deemed it necessary to set up flashers or gates in the area, Carrier said.

He said the costs associated with the gates and flashers, along with re-grading issues and preparation work prevented DOT from constructing additional infrastructure at the Youmans Road crossing.

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