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State regulators fine Norfolk Southern for oil spill from train accident

May 30, 2016 | The Roanoke Times | State environmental regulators have cited Norfolk Southern Corp. for an oil spill that happened when two trains collided last summer in Pulaski County.

The railroad agreed to pay a fine of $25,000 as part of an agreement with the Department of Environmental Quality. Another $5,231.62 will go to reimburse the agency for its investigation of the spill.

 Last July 14, a westbound Norfolk Southern freight train was struck from behind by a second westbound NS train on the tracks along old U.S. 11 in Dublin. Two locomotives and at least five cars derailed, including a tank car carrying about 23,500 gallons of lubricating oil, according to a consent order posted this week to DEQ’s website.

The impact ruptured the tank car, spilling more than 17,000 gallons of oil into a low-lying area near the tracks.

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