Crude oil rail tankers derail in NY; no spills

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 2, 2014 at 10:08 am •  Published: March 2, 2014
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SELKIRK, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say they're investigating why 13 tank cars carrying crude oil derailed at the Selkirk rail yard south of Albany.

Shipper CSX and the state Department of Transportation tell the Albany Times Union (http://bit.ly/NgVBqo ) none of the cars tipped and no oil was spilled in the derailment Friday night. The cars were re-railed by Saturday afternoon.

The shipper says the train had two locomotives and 110 cars carrying crude from Chicago to Philadelphia.

Albany has become a key hub in rail shipment of crude oil from North Dakota to coastal refineries. Shipments of highly volatile crude are under heightened scrutiny in New York and nationally after a series of disastrous and deadly derailments last year.

An "inspection blitz" announced by the Cuomo administration last week didn't include the Selkirk yard.