Senator Mark Warner held a panel discussion with state and local officials at VDOT yesterday to discuss what went wrong in last month’s train derailment and fire in Lynchburg, and to more safely transport crude oil in the future.
Senator Warner says because the U.S. is producing more crude oil domestically and importing less from other countries, most cargo trains are transporting this oil at their maximum capacity.
There have been 8 such derailments in North America this year, including one in which 46 people were killed and the one in Lynchburg, where thankfully there were no fatalities.
Warner says learning the answers to key questions will guide how state, federal and private leaders should proceed. Governor McAuliffe has established a rail safety task force to offer recommendations to prevent future incidents like the one in Lynchburg, who will hold their first meeting on Wednesday.