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Crude-by-train derailment sets Virginia river ablaze

Fourteen crude-oil cars operated by the CSX railway derailed and exploded into a fireball in Lynchburg, Virginia, on April 30, 2014.


Fourteen crude-oil cars operated by the CSX railway derailed and exploded into a fireball in Lynchburg, Virginia, on April 30, 2014.

Hundreds of people were evacuated from the town, but none injured, as thousands of barrels of crude oil burned on the James River around 2 p.m. According to the Lynchburg municipal website, fire officials decide to let the blaze burn out.

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Only four of the train’s cars were damaged to the point of leaking, according to reports from the scene.

CSX officials worked to remove the portion of the train blocked workers from leaving Griffin Pipe Foundry located in the lower basin of the river.

The cause of the derailment has not yet been determined.

In the wake of a string of derailments across North America, US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is preparing a list of ways to improve rail safety, expected to be ready later in 2014.


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1 Comment » for Crude-by-train derailment sets Virginia river ablaze
  1. Jordan says:

    Well, maybe enviromentalists should shift thier attentions away from the much needed and much safer Keystone Pipeline. Or we could just keep spilling oil from Rail all over the US and Canada….

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