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

ALBANY AP) -- The New York state Department of Transportation has fined CSX Railroad $10,000 for failing 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 been offloaded of crude oil. A Feb. 28 derailment at the Selkirk yard near Albany involved a train fully loaded with crude oil. The cars remained upright, and there were no spills.

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

Jacksonville, Fla.-based CSX Corp. is an international transportation company offering rail, container and trucking services. It hasn't returned 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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