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CP faces fines in NY derailment

Railway failed to promptly report accident that took place overnight Monday

May 13, 2014
by The Associated Press

ALBANY, NEW YORK— The New York state Department of Transportation says it will fine Canadian Pacific for waiting five hours to report the derailment of four tank cars carrying crude oil.

State transportation officials say that a train carrying crude oil from North Dakota derailed around 4:30 a.m. Monday at Canadian Pacific’s Kenwood Rail Yard in Albany. There were no injuries, and no oil was spilled.

State law requires that rail accidents involving freight trains carrying hazardous materials must be reported to the DOT within one hour.

The federal government says nine oil train derailments have occurred in the US and Canada since March of last year.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has asked the White House for more federal regulations on the shipping process through New York state.