NY fines CSX $10,000 over 2 oil train derailments

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York state Department of Transportation has fined CSX Railroad $10,000, saying it failed to report two oil train derailments within an hour of when they happened as required by state law.

A Feb. 25 derailment in Kingston involved empty rail cars that had contained crude oil. A Feb. 28 derailment at the Selkirk yard near Albany involved a train loaded with crude oil. The cars remained upright and nothing spilled.

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Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald said Wednesday that CSX didn’t notify the department of the Selkirk derailment until two hours later.

Florida-based CSX Corp. said the derailments were “appropriately handled,” and the company will work with the state and communities on improving communication.

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

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