Boy Admits Playing on Car That Struck Station

Utica, New York, police said that a 13-year-old-boy has admitted to playing on a freight car that was set free, struck a restored steam locomotive and damaged the Amtrak station on July 21.

Police had said earlier that there was evidence that the brakes on the car, which was sitting on the tracks of the New York, Susquehanna & Western had had its brakes tampered with.

The car, a covered hopper, rolled through downtown Utica, hitting a vehicle, and striking New York Central 0-6-0 No. 6721

The Utica & Mohawk Valley Chapter of the NRHS owns the locomotive.

Contractors have started repair work to Utica Union Station to ensure the structure is stable before they removed the freight car.

The 13-year-old may face charges in connection with the incident, which is still under investigation.

Amtrak service was unaffected by the damage to the station, which serves the Lake Shore Limited, Maple Leaf and Empire Service trains.

Also unaffected are operations of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, which uses the station.

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