McAuliffe creates Railroad Safety and Security Taskforce
The state has created a Railroad Safety and Security Taskforce, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Friday.
The announcement follows the derailment on April 30 of a CSX freight train carrying crude oil shipped from the Midwest to Yorktown. The accident occurred in downtown Lynchburg along the James River.
“The train derailment that occurred on April 30 raises important public safety and health concerns,” McAuliffe said in a statement. “While fortunately no one was hurt, it is critical that we determine the cause of this accident to help better protect Virginia’s families. The Railroad Safety and Security Taskforce will help ensure that the Commonwealth is a national leader in preventing, preparing for, and responding to these types of events.”
The taskforce will include state agencies officials and subject matter experts.