Derailment debris goes to county landfill

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County landfill received nearly $200,000 in unexpected revenue from debris deposited there from the June 27 train derailment in Montgomery County.

“We did receive a lot of the derailment debris,” Fulton County Department of Solid Waste Director Jeff Bouchard said.

He said Fulton County billed Environmental Products & Services of Glenmont, which will be reimbursed by CSX, which owns the train cars.

Bouchard said Fulton County has been accepting waste from the June 27 derailment from Environmental Products & Services.

Officials say two CSX freight trains hit each other, just west of Fonda, around 8 a.m. that day. An engineer and a conductor on one of the trains received minor injuries, authorities said.

One of the trains was traveling from Avon, Ind., to Selkirk with four locomotives and 126 freight cars. The other train was going from Selkirk to New Castle, Pa., with two locomotives and 83 freight cars. Four locomotives and 45 freight cars were derailed. The exact cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Bouchard said 3,515 tons of construction and demolition debris from the railroad cars came in to the Fulton County landfill on Mud Road in the town of Johnstown from June 29 to July 22. The total revenue for Fulton County, which goes into the landfill operation, was $196,861. The county charged $56 per ton to take the derailment debris.

The railroad has since reopened, but a section of Route 5 near Fonda remains closed to traffic

“The [state Department of Transportation] continues to work closely and cooperatively with CSX, [Montgomery] county and local officials and very much appreciates their continuing cooperation as the work proceeds on the cleanup and restoration of the highway,” DOT spokesman James Piccola Jr. said in an email Wednesday. “CSX crews have been working steadily to restore the area and will continue this effort in the weeks ahead.”

Bouchard said Fulton County periodically receives unexpected revenue from large amounts of debris, usually from major storms in the area.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at