Capito Statement Following Visit to Fayette County Train Derailment Site

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) visited the site of the CSX train derailment in Fayette County. Senator Capito received a briefing from the Federal Railroad Administration’s Acting Administrator Sarah Feinberg, Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Robert P. Hill and representatives from the Coast Guard, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. Senator Capito released the following statement and photos about today’s visit:

“West Virginians always look out for one another. That was especially true in Fayette County this week when many came together to assist their friends and neighbors in need following this horrible accident. I offer my sincerest thanks to the emergency responders who kept our residents safe, and I am grateful to everyone who helped get information and resources to those impacted.

“As with most accidents, this train derailment prompts a renewed conversation about how to keep our communities safe. Following the federal investigation into the cause of the accident, we must carefully consider viable options for preventing this from happening again. In the meantime, I will remain in contact with federal, state and local officials to ensure a full recovery.”