A derailment is about the only option that makes sense, it would still make more sense to route via the tier/D&H, with what little traffic they have.
"Not wanting to do business in NYS" makes absolutely zero sense, given the three major yards CSX operates upstate, and the fact that they're running close to 40 trains a day between Buffalo and Selkirk.
Outside of combining say, a pair of ethanol/coal/etc. trains, unit trains wouldn't do any switching between terminating points.
Crews can be taxied anywhere, either the train gets delayed or it doesn't run at all as "scheduled" between points that day. That exact situation happened with I007 on Christmas Day, and it didn't run. A crew shortage isn't going to reroute a train on a class I.
Local regulations? Federal regulations governing railroads would supersede anything any town could attempt to put up, other than something like denying construction of a new terminal, which certainly doesn't apply here.
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Avatar: NHV 669 at the south end of the "Pompy" in White River Jct., VT on 4/29/1993. Photo by Richard Roberg.