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  • U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-CT, left, and U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, comment during a news conference on a report by the Federal Railroad Administration about the Metro-North Railroad, at the information booth in New York's Grand Central Terminal, Friday, March 14, 2014. Metro-North commuter railroad has allowed an overemphasis on train times to "routinely" overshadow its safety operations, according to an FRA review that was released Friday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Review blasts NY railroad after fatal derailment

    Metro-North, the nation's second-largest commuter railroad, allowed safety to erode while pushing to keep its trains on time, resulting in a lax culture of inadequate inspections, poor training and inappropriate cellphone use, according to a stinging federal report prompted by a deadly derailment.

  • FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2013, file photo, a fireball goes up at the site of an oil train derailment in Casselton, N.D. The Federal Railroad Administration says inspectors in North Dakota have found more than 13,000 defects and have written 721 violations against BNSF Railway since 2006. Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp asked the agency for the data following the fiery oil train derailment in Cassdelton.  (AP Photo/Bruce Crummy, File)

    Federal agency releases ND train inspection data

    Federal railroad inspectors found more than 13,000 track defects on BNSF Railway Co. lines in North Dakota since 2006, and have written 721 violations against the company since 2006, a federal rail safety agency said in a letter released Wednesday.

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