- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

UTICA, N.Y. (AP) - A central New York county has allocated $700,000 to pay for damage caused at a train station by a runaway rail car.

The Utica Observer-Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1EoF0Fg ) the Oneida County Board of Legislators voted Wednesday to create an account to pay for the repairs at Union Station following July’s incident.

Officials say the brake on a freight car parked on a track near Utica’s North-South Arterial was released by a 13-year-boy, sending the 265,000-pound car hurtling through the city before crashing into an antique locomotive at Union Station.

Legislator Chad Davis called the runaway train “a missile through the city of Utica.”

The federal Railroad Administration determined the car was properly secured. The boy wasn’t charged.

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente says the cost of the repairs shouldn’t burden taxpayers.

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Information from: Observer-Dispatch, https://www.uticaod.com

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