LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - CSX Corp. has been fined $350,000 by the
federal government after a safety investigation brought on in part
by a fiery train wreck south of Louisville last year.
The fines cover 141 safety violations in Kentucky and other
states. The incidents cited include runaway rail cars, derailments
CSX said in a statement that the railroad is committed to safety
improvements through "prudent, long-term investments."
CSX determined that a broken bolt caused a train derailment on
Jan. 16 in Brooks, near Louisville. The derailment set off massive
fires, unleashing thick black smoke and forcing more than a dozen
families out of their homes for a month or more.
After that incident and others in late 2006 and early 2007,
federal inspectors fanned out across CSX's rail network to conduct
a series of safety checks in 23 states.
The Federal Railroad Administration investigation found that CSX
failed to replace defective rails, didn't make track repairs where
problems already were known, hauled tank cars with loose closures
and without proper shipping papers, and did not properly perform or
record brake tests.
Information from: The Courier-Journal,
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