Warner to lead railroad safety meeting in Richmond Monday

Train Derailment in Lynchburg

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Senator Mark Warner will lead a railroad safety meeting  in Richmond on Monday.

The meeting comes after a CSX train carrying crude oil jumped the tracks and caught fire in Lynchburg in April.

Seventeen train cars derailed, three of which plunged into the James River, spilling about 30,000 gallons of oil into the river.

Local, state and federal officials, including leaders from the U.S. Department of Transportation and a CSX representative,  will join Warner to talk about safe transport of crude oil by rail in Virginia.

The meeting gets underway at 10:30 a.m. at the auditorium at VDOT headquarters on Broad Street.

2 comments

  • R Moffett

    It is interesting that no concerns seem to have been expressed about the possibility of a derailment of a train traveling through downtown Richmond. The rails, of course, have been where they are for years and I’m not arguing for forcing the railroad to move them; yet residential facilities, office space, restaurants continue to be built directly beside and under the elevated tracks. It appears to me that much of this development has taken place or is being planned without considering that it is certainly possible for a train derailment to occur or material to fall from passing trains onto car, pedestrians, and restaurant patrons below. The adverse consequences certainly seem to be much more dire now than when the area was primarily a manufacturing/industrial area. One wonders why the risks have been seemingly overlooked or ignored.

    • buzz

      AS a former ems first responder and having been trained in hazmat awareness I can assure you of one thing, there is way more, much more dangerous cargo that is transported by rail in the u s than just crude that passes through ever major city, town and county road every day. Chlorine, Sulfuric acid, you name it its transported by rail and 99.9 pct of the time safely. The DOT 111 cars that are the cause of most of the leaks in the crude train derailments are being phased out in the next 3 years.

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