Details are emerging about what could've potentially caused the fiery train derailment in Lynchburg just over a month ago.
Wednesday at the Virginia Railroad Safety and Security Task Force meeting, Virginia rail officials confirmed a defect was found on the Lynchburg track just one day before the CSX train derailed.
Wednesday’s task force meeting was a roundup of public safety and environmental experts addressing the safe transport of industrial materials. The focus was primarily on regulation and prevention to avoid situations like the explosive accident.
According to officials, a CSX inspection of railroad track in Lynchburg found a defect in the rail the day before 17 tanker cars carrying crude oil derailed on April 30. Massoud Tahamtani, the director of the State Cooperation Commission division of utility and railroad safety, told the task force about the defect but could not go into detail on its nature or whether it contributed to the accident. He said railroads have up to 30 days to analyze and act on defects identified in safety inspections.
"This is not about bashing the railroads; this is about working with them, how to improve safety in that regard. So we expect that they will be a part of the solution also," said Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Lane.
Tahamtani also pointed out the need for more railroad inspectors.
Between the SCC and the federal railroad agency there are only four inspectors responsible for all of the railways in Virginia.
No one was injured in the 17-car derailment. The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday they are still collecting all the information.
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