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NTSB investigating derailment, oil spill in Lynchburg





Steve Helber

Firefighters and rescue workers work along the tracks where several CSX tanker cars carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire along the James River near downtown in Lynchburg, Va.., Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Police said that 13 or 14 tanker cars were involved in the derailment.(AP Photo/Steve Helber) ORG XMIT: VASH104




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Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 10:11 pm | Updated: 1:20 am, Thu May 1, 2014.

BY MICHAEL MARTZ AND REX SPRINGSTON Richmond Times-Dispatch




The National Transportation Safety Board has launched an investigation of a freight train derailment in Lynchburg that destroyed three oil tanker cars, lifted a plume of black smoke into the sky and spilled thousands of gallons of crude oil into the James River.

No one was killed or injured when more than a dozen CSX tanker cars derailed on Wednesday afternoon, but the resulting fire and spill prompted City Manager Kimball Payne to declare an emergency and temporarily evacuate part of downtown. For the rest of this story please click the link to the Richmond Times: http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/state-regional/train-carrying-crude-oil-derails-in-downtown-lynchburg/article_ca91041c-d096-11e3-ae9b-0017a43b2370.html

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