RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia U.S. Sen. Mark Warner is holding a meeting in Richmond today to discuss rail safety. The conversation will focus on the status of proposed regulations and initiatives to improve the safety of transporting crude oil by rail in Virginia. It comes in the wake of a train derailment and fire in downtown Lynchburg on April 30. Scheduled participants include representatives of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the Lynchburg Fire Department and CSX.
The governor is traveling to Lynchburg this morning to thank officials for their work and receive a briefing regarding ongoing cleanup efforts.
Federal investigators are trying to determine what caused the 17-car derailment of a CSX train carrying Bakken crude from North Dakota.
Three of the cars plunged into the James River and one caught fire, briefly causing parts of downtown to be evacuated.
The Department of Transportation issued an emergency order Wednesday requiring that railroads inform state officials about the movement of large shipments of crude oil through their states and urged shippers not to use older model tanks cars that are easily ruptured in accidents.