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Large Fire After Train Carrying Crude Oil Derails In Virginia

The train derailed in downtown Lynchburg, Va. No injuries have been reported.

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A large fire erupted in Lynchburg, Va., on Wednesday afternoon, when a train carrying crude oil derailed.

ABC 13 News reported 13 to 14 cars were involved in the derailment. City of Lynchburg confirmed cars involved in fire were carrying crude oil.

Train derailment in lower basin. Watch live: http://t.co/wucMzZtps4

ABC13News@ABC13News

Train derailment in lower basin. Watch live: http://t.co/wucMzZtps4

02:24 PM - 30 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Update Train Derailment: Tanker cars carrying crude oil, 3-4 tanker cars breached, 13-14 tanker cars involved.

City of Lynchburg@lynchburggov

Update Train Derailment: Tanker cars carrying crude oil, 3-4 tanker cars breached, 13-14 tanker cars involved.

03:03 PM - 30 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The Times Dispatch reported the city of Richmond was switching to an alternative water supply after oil from the derailment had spilled into the James River.

UPDATE: Richmond to switch to alternate water supply as Lynchburg train derailment has spilled oil into the James. http://t.co/7zlO3K5G5n

Times-Dispatch@RTDNEWS

UPDATE: Richmond to switch to alternate water supply as Lynchburg train derailment has spilled oil into the James. http://t.co/7zlO3K5G5n

03:44 PM - 30 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The city of Lynchburg, population 77,000, evacuated part of downtown and closed down streets bordering the river.

We are asking that everyone avoid the downtown area of Lynchburg, VA until further notice.

City of Lynchburg@lynchburggov

We are asking that everyone avoid the downtown area of Lynchburg, VA until further notice.

02:37 PM - 30 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The City of Lynchburg reported the Fire Department assessed the situation and allowed the fire to burn out on its own.

TRAIN DERAILMENT LYNCHBURG VA: 12-14 cars were carrying crude oil. The Fire Dept. has assessed situation and is allowing fire to burn out.

City of Lynchburg@lynchburggov

TRAIN DERAILMENT LYNCHBURG VA: 12-14 cars were carrying crude oil. The Fire Dept. has assessed situation and is allowing fire to burn out.

03:27 PM - 30 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

CSX later confirmed that the fire, following the derailment, has been extinguished.

An assessment confirms the fire on the derailed CSX train in Lynchburg is extinguished. More details here: http://t.co/cG4F4YNkEu.

CSX@CSX

An assessment confirms the fire on the derailed CSX train in Lynchburg is extinguished. More details here: http://t.co/cG4F4YNkEu.

04:41 PM - 30 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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