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Pennsylvania Derailment Adds to Scrutiny of Oil Shipments

A Norfolk Southern Corp. train derailment spilled as much as 4,500 gallons of crude just as regulators consider new rules that may add to the cost of transporting oil by rail.

Twenty-one cars, 19 of which were carrying heavy crude, derailed yesterday in Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, 20 miles (32 kilometers) northeast of Pittsburgh, Dave Pidgeon, a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based spokesman for the company, said by e-mail today. Four cars spilled 3,500 to 4,500 gallons, Pidgeon said. The company is repairing 1,250 feet of damaged track and plans to resume train operations by tomorrow.