Passenger Train Hits Railroad Ties

Signs on Seneca Nation Reservation: ‘No Mail-No Rail’

IRVING – State police report that an Amtrak passenger train suffered damage as it hit railroad ties that were laid across the tracks on the Seneca Nation Reservation in Cattaraugus county.

Police also say that there are signs throughout the Reservation that declare, “No Mail-No Rail”, in reference to the federal law requiring Native American’s to pay local and state sales tax on tobacco products shipped via mail.

140 Seneca businesses have been granted a temporary stay on the law, until the end of this month, as they attempt to fight the tax in federal court.

Officials say no one was hurt during the incident, but the train suffered mechanical damage to it’s air lines.

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