Train Carrying Crude Oil Derails In Downtown Lynchburg, Va.

NPR | May 1, 2014 2:25 a.m.

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Eyder Peralta

A CSX train carrying crude oil derailed in Lynchburg, Virginia, on Wednesday.

Luann Hunt, a spokeswoman for the city of Lynchburg, tells our Newscast unit that the area has been evacuated.

Approximately 12 to 14 tanker cars were involved in the derailment, Hunt said, causing flames and deep dark smoke.

Beverly Amsler, of NPR member station WVTF, tells us that at least three of the tankers ruptured because of the accident.

“Dozens of emergency personnel are on the scene,” Beverly adds. “There are no reported injuries but there are reports some of the oil has gone into the James River.” [Copyright 2014 NPR]

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