No injuries in blast at plant where 2 died in ‘16 explosion

GLENVILLE (AP) — Emergency crews are at the scene of an explosion at an upstate New York asphalt plant where two workers died last year when a tanker truck exploded.

Officials in the Schenectady County town of Glenville say no one was injured in Thursday morning’s explosion at Mohawk Asphalt Emulsions. The blast tore off the top of a tank and rattled guests at a newly opened hotel nearby.

Firefighters quickly brought the burning tank under control.

Employees were at the plant when the explosion occurred. The cause is being investigated.

Two workers were fatally injured and a third was hurt in October 2016 when a when a tank exploded while they were transferring liquid asphalt between tanks.

Court ruling favors keeping 34 miles of rails in Adirondacks

ALBANY (AP) — A judge has ruled against New York state’s plans to turn a 34-mile-long section of an Adirondack railroad into a multi-use trail.

A state Supreme Court justice in Franklin County ruled Wednesday that the Cuomo administration’s plan was “arbitrary and capricious” and failed to follow numerous state laws.

The state’s plan called for removing the rails between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid for a trail corridor that could be used by hikers, bicyclists, snowmobilers and cross-country skiers.

The plan was opposed by the Adirondack Rail Preservation Society, which operates tourist trains as the Adirondack Scenic Railroad.

The justice’s ruling was in response to a lawsuit the organization filed against the state last year.

State officials say they’re reviewing the decision.

The state’s plan for the 119-mile rail corridor from Utica to Lake Placid was finalized after many years of contentious debate.