Lynchburg Train Derailment Causes Fire, Evacuations - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather

Lynchburg Train Derailment Causes Fire, Evacuations

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A fiery train derailment has prompted evacuations in the city of Lynchburg.

The train derailed about 2:30 Wednesday afternoon near Ninth Street downtown. The resulting fire has since been contained.

Between 12 and 14 CSX tanker cars carrying crude oil were involved. Three of those breached, leaking crude oil, some of which has gone into the James River. Lynchburg city government tweeted that the spillage will not affect city drinking water.

About 300 people were evacuated from the area. No one is hurt.

Governor Terry McAuliffe has mobilized state resources to aid in the response. Federal railroad inspectors with the Department of Transportation are heading to the scene Wednesday evening.

The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

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