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Huge fire erupts in Virginia following train derailment (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Published time: April 30, 2014 19:18
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A train derailed in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia Wednesday afternoon, causing a major fire to erupt at the scene of the accident.

Local ABC affiliate WSET News reported that the derailment occurred at around 2 p.m. in the afternoon adjacent to the James River, and eye-witnesses say that before long the area was cloaked in heavy black smoke and flames extending as high as 80-feet into the air.

Lynchburg’s News and Advance paper reported that the train did not contain passenger cars, but was rather a tube car train, potentially carrying chemicals, according to city fire marshal Thomas Goode.

Eyewitness Paul Waggener told the News and Advance that one of the ruptured tanks was labeled “flammable.”

Goode was not immediately aware of any injuries, the paper reported, and authorities were evacuating nearby buildings.

“Both motorists and pedestrians are cautioned to avoid the area until further notice,” the city said in a statement.

Comments (7)


Alexander Cerrone 14.07.2014 15:17

REPUBLICANS say American business needs more DEREGULATION to allow them to grow, prosper, and create jobs. A bet not many Republicans live near a railroad! One day Americans will realize that big corporations create more problems than benefits derived!!


Ria Conn 01.05.2014 12:27

Rodney? That's exactly what I'm thinking...a spill and fire to push for pipelines. If these secondary rail companies can't maintain their rails they need to sell and allow someone who can maintain them, buy them. Doesn't the Federal Gov. overlook the Rail Roads?


Borsay Áron 01.05.2014 00:03

I live in lynchburg and am frequently downtown at a local coffee shop (white hart), the city market and some other various restaurants down there. That area of track is along the james river on soil that had begun to wash out due to the tremendous amount of rain the last few days. The track had started to become uneven casing the train to slip off. They need to cement those tracks to not allow it to happen again. Luckily it was not near the companies on the river and fell opposite side of where some restaurants and apartments are.

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