Some of the defects included a broken rail, defective train wheels and missing bolts on tracks.
The inspections in New York focused on oil trains and the tracks that they run on.
Inspection teams from the state Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration in early December looked at 700 crud oil cars and 95 miles of track. This was part of New York’s response to the great increase in train shipments of Bakken crude across New York.
One of the inspections of 15 miles of track owned by CSX found a defect in a switch gauge that needed to be replaced right away. They also found several defects there were not as critical, such as loose bolts that have to be fixed within 30 days.
Crude oil cars, including the DOT-111 models that have been in several high profile train derailing and fires, have been reviewed especially carefully. Several of the cars were examined and were found to have serious defects. These included a cracked weld, a bolt that was missing and one broken brake assembly.
Our personal injury law firm in Virginia has had many train accident cases where the train or railroad firm was negligent. Some of these cases have led to large settlements, including a case where we won $1 million for a train engineer who was injured on the job. We always are glad to see when railroad companies are held to higher standards of safety – the public and railroad workers deserve no less.