Another One: Train Carrying Crude Oil “Erupts” in Downtown Lynchburg, VA

April 30, 2014 at 5:23 PM 1 comment

It’s not clear whether this train crashed first or exploded first but that said, here we have yet another crude oil disaster (oil is leaking into the James River in the heart of downtown).  I swear, the gods are trying to tell us to get the hell off of oil:

Va oil crash via sherifelipe on Instagram

(Image via sherifelipe on Instagram)

Breaking: CSX Railroad “Bomb Train” Carrying Crude Oil Explodes in Lynchburg, Virginia

A freight train owned by CSX Corporation has erupted in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia, which sent “flames stories high” into the air, creating a large black cloud.

ABC‘s WSET has reported four of its cars were “labeled crude oil” and one witness interviewed on WSET who is an employee at Lynchburg’s Market at Main restaurant, Randy Taylor, told show hosts it “sounded like a jet” when it exploded.

“The train that derailed and caught fire in Lynchburg, Virginia, belongs to CSX Corp. and was carrying crude oil,” explained a Reuters breaking story. “The accident occurred near the waterfront and some crude oil is leaking into the James River, which feeds into the Chesapeake Bay.”

Around 300 people were evacuated following the accident because of the black, billowing smoke. Though the incident happened in the heart of downtown, no injuries or deaths have been reported.


The post I linked to being updated continuously so check it out.


Entry filed under: Energy, The Environment, Weather, Etc..

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. mhasegawa  |  April 30, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    So the oil should reach Richmond and then the Chesapeake Bay in a matter of days. What a disaster!

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