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.