Rail safety task force meets in Norfolk

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) _ The Governor’s Rail Safety and Security Task Force is meeting today Norfolk. The task force was formed after a 17-car derailment in Lynchburg in April. Three cars carrying Bakken crude from North Dakota plunged into the James River and one caught fire, prompting a brief evacuation of parts of downtown. Nobody was injured. A meeting of the task force has been scheduled for Friday at the Virginia Port Authority’s headquarters. The task force includes state agency officials and subject matter experts. The governor’s office says members of the task force will be responsible for making recommendations to enhance Virginia’s ability to protect lives, property and the environment along the state’s rail lines.

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