Mayor: Derailed train cars should be moved soon

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The remaining cars from an oil train that derailed last week in downtown Lynchburg should be removed soon.

Lynchburg Mayor Michael A. Gillette said Monday that the rail track where 17 cars derailed last Wednesday is now operating again and he expects a handful of remaining tanker cars that derailed to be unloaded and moved shortly.

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the derailment of the CSX train. Three cars plunged into the James River, with one catching fire. CSX said it finished removing the cars from the river Saturday.

U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, both former Democratic Virginia governors, sent a letter Monday to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx asking him to move quickly in proposing new regulations on transporting crude by rail.

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