ALBANY, N.Y. – The NYS Department of Transportation has announced CSX Railroad has been fined $10,000 for failing to report two derailments involving crude oil tanker cars.
According to NYSDOT Commissioner Joan McDonald, CSX Railroad never reported the derailments, which is required within one hour of the accident when cars are carrying hazardous material.
On February 25, NYSDOT says CSX Railroad did not report a derailment which occurred in Kingston and involving empty trail cars that had recently off-loaded crude oil. McDonald also said that on February 28, they did not report the derailment in the Selkirk Yard involving a train fully loaded with crude oil.
No oil was spilled in either incident and the causes remain under investigation.
"Public safety is our top concern, and we will remain vigilant in holding rail companies accountable for following state law when transporting hazardous materials," said Commissioner McDonald. "These regulations are in place to ensure a proper response in order to protect public safety and the environment, and any failure to comply will not be tolerated."
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