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Sources: Workers stop runaway bulldozer
ALBANY -- A runaway bulldozer traveled approximately one mile on railroad tracks while on fire after an incident in Colonie.
Amtrak spokesperson Verna Graham said in an emailed statement a contracted construction crew was working on a project to add a second track from Albany to Schenectady when the bulldozer they were using caught fire.
It was in operation. There was someone that was on the dozer when it caught on fire, he threw it in neutral and jumped off, but with the dozer in motion something may have slipped in the transmission. It ended up in reverse and ended here, said Battalion Chief William Moore with the Albany Fire Department.
Multiple sources close to the incident who were not authorized to speak to the media told CBS 6 workers used an ATV to catch up to the bulldozer. At least one worker boarded it and managed to turn it off near Everett Road. They then used a fire extinguisher on the fire.
Graham could immediately confirm how the train was stopped or the condition of the worker who jumped from the train.
Amtrak temporarily held trains at the Rensselaer and Schenectady stations while Amtrak Police investigated.