May 9, 2014
Governor Terry McAuliffe announces the creation of the Commonwealth’s Railroad Safety and Security Taskforce. The governor’s announcement follows the April 30th derailment of a freight train carrying crude oil shipped from the Midwest to Yorktown.
“The train derailment that occurred on April 30 raises important public safety and health concerns,” said Governor McAuliffe. “While fortunately no one was hurt, it is critical that we determine the cause of this accident to help better protect Virginia’s families.”
On Friday, Gov. McAuliffe met with first responders and to get an update on clean-up efforts in Lynchburg.
Federal investigators are trying to determine what caused the 17-car derailment of a CSX train carrying crude oil from North Dakota.
Three of the cars plunged into the James River and one caught fire, briefly causing parts of downtown Lynchburg to be evacuated.
The new taskforce will include state agencies officials and subject matter experts. Members of the taskforce will be responsible for making recommendations—and taking action—to enhance Virginia’s capability to protect lives, property, and the environment along our many rail lines.