Train Carrying Crude Oil Derails, Catches Fire in Virginia
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — CSX crews are in Lynchburg, Virginia, trying to quickly clean up and clear more than a dozen derailed train cars, some of which were carrying crude oil and caught fire.
Three tankers ended up in the James River on Wednesday and leaked some of their contents. It was the latest in a string of crashes involving oil trains that has safety experts pushing for better oversight.
Nearby buildings were evacuated for a time, but officials say there were no injuries.
A city spokeswoman says the water supply for Lynchburg’s 77,000 residents likely hasn’t been affected because it is only taken from the James in times of drought.
(Story by: Alan Suderman and Michael Felberbaum, The Associated Press)