On June 9, a freight train belonging to CSX Corp. made an unscheduled stop
in Kingston, N.Y., about 50 miles south of Albany. Local automobile traffic
began to back up as a result, and one of the motorists stuck at a crossing -
city Fire Chief Richard Salzmann - eventually got out of his car and went inside
a nearby doughnut shop, where he saw a CSX employee carrying a tray of coffee
cups back to the locomotive.
Once the employee got on board, the train started up again.
Salzmann's discovery outraged Mayor James Sottile, who demanded that CFX and
its caffeine-starved employee be held accountable. According to the Associated
Press, CSX officials did apologize and said that the employee would be disciplined.
But as for any government action, Federal Railroad Administration spokesman
Warren Flatau said his agency "did not find anything actionable under the
regulations that we enforce." If the stop had caused an injury or collision,
then a fine probably would have been recommended, Flatau said.
Associated Press, via the San Jose Mercury News