New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Commissioner Joan McDonald said the Department will issue the maximum fine allowed under state law to Canadian Pacific Railroad for failing to report, as required, the derailment of four tank cars carrying crude oil early Monday morning in Albany.
The four tank cars carrying crude derailed at about 4:30 a.m. Monday at Canadian Pacific’s Kenwood Rail Yard in the city of Albany. The derailed cars remained upright and no oil was spilled. The derailment was not reported to NYSDOT by Canadian Pacific until 9:16 a.m., nearly five hours after the incident occurred. Under New York State law, rail accidents involving freight trains carrying hazardous materials must be reported to NYSDOT within one hour of the accident. The maximum fine allowed per incident is $5,000.