Digest: Toys for Tots train won't run this year

News Wire Digest for Aug. 19: Rankings call New Jersey infrastructure the nation's worst; four injured as train, truck collide, catch fire in Georgia
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Wednesday morning rail news:

Toys for Tots train won't run in 2020

The Toys for Tots Operation Toy Train in New York and New Jersey has joined the list of traditional holiday events cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The special train, in its 12th year, will not operate this holiday season, the New Jersey Herald reports, although organizers say they will still hold a toy collection and distribution effort along the train’s route in southern New York and Northern New Jersey. “We know this is a disappointing decision,” organizers said in a statement, “but we feel it is the only way to ensure the safety of the hundreds of people involved in the success of our annual train.” Visit the Operation Toy Train website for more information.

New Jersey infrastructure nation's worst, according to website's rankings
New Jersey’s rail infrastructure is the worst in the nation, as is the state’s transportation infrastructure as a whole, according to rankings by the financial news and commentary website 24/7 Wall Street. The rail component of the site’s rankings is based on derailments per 100 miles of right-of-way; by that measure, New Jersey led with 10.9 derailments per 100 miles. Nebraska ranks second for the worst rail infrastructure, with 7.9 derailments per 100 miles, followed by Texas. Illinois, and California. Following New Jersey in the list of the states with the worst overall infrastructure are Rhode Island, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, California, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Illinois. Iowa was not ranked because of a lack of complete data.

Four injured in truck, train collision and fire
Four people were injured in a collision and fire involving a Norfolk Southern train and a log truck Tuesday afternoon near Chauncey, Ga. WXGA-TV reports the two train crewmen suffered minor injuries and were taken to a local hospital, while the driver and a passenger in the truck were airlifted to a Macon, Ga., hospital with serious injuries. Georgia State Patrol officers told the station the truck was turning into a utility pole plant when it was struck by the train. Chauncey is about 65 miles southeast of Macon.



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