NY fines CSX over oil train derailments

NY fines CSX over oil train derailments

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CSX's operations in New York. (CSX image) CSX's operations in New York. (CSX image)
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -

The state Department of Transportation has fined CSX Railroad $10,000 for failing to report two oil train derailments within an hour of the accidents as required by state law.

A Feb. 25 derailment in Kingston involved empty rail cars that had been off-loaded of crude oil. A Feb. 28 derailment at the Selkirk train yard near Albany involved a train fully loaded with crude oil.

The cars remained upright and there were no spills in either incident.

Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald said Wednesday that CSX didn't notify DOT of the Selkirk derailment until two hours after it happened.

CSX didn't initially return a call seeking comment.

Oil trains have come under intense scrutiny after a series of disastrous accidents involving highly volatile North Dakota crude.

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