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State fines CSX over recent derailments

ALBANY – The State Department of Transportation fined CSX Railroad $10,000 for failing to report as required two derailments that involved tank cars transporting crude oil. Under state law, rail accidents involving freight trains carrying hazardous materials must report to the DOT within one hour of the accident.

On February 25, CSX failed to report the derailment of a train near Kingston involving empty rail cars that had recently off-loaded crude oil. On February 28, nearly two hours after the fact, CSX notified the DOT of a derailment at the Selkirk Yard involving a train fully loaded with crude oil from North Dakota.

No oil was spilled in either incident and the causes remain under investigation.

In a letter to CSX President Michael Ward, Commissioner Joan McDonald wrote that the derailment in the Town of Ulster occurred after the conductor missed a red signal and reversed the train through a switch.