RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe is set to meet with responders from last week’s Lynchburg train derailment.
The governor is travelling to Lynchburg Friday 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.
Governor McAuliffe surveying the site of last week’s train derailment and fire in Lynchburg. pic.twitter.com/oGaSqy5GoR
— Terry McAuliffe (@GovernorVA) May 9, 2014