In wake of CSX derailment, Va. rail safety task force hold first meeting

In wake of CSX derailment, Va. rail safety task force hold first meeting

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Several CSX cars derailed in Lynchburg on April 30; the train was carrying crude oil to Yorktown.

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Associated Press

Posted on June 4, 2014 at 5:45 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 4 at 5:48 AM

RICHMOND  (AP) — The rail safety task force appointed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe is set to hold its first meeting.

McAuliffe appointed the task force after the April 30 derailment of a train carrying crude oil in Lynchburg. Nobody was injured in the 17-car derailment. Three of the CSX cars carrying Bakken crude from North Dakota to Yorktown plunged into the James River and one caught fire, prompting a brief evacuation of parts of downtown Lynchburg.

The governor's task force is co-chaired by Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran and Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne. Its first meeting is set for Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the state Capitol, Senate Room 3, in Richmond.

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