A CSX freight train carrying crude oil derailed in Lynchburg, Virginia Wednesday afternoon around 2 p.m. according to local authorities, “causing extensive flames and dense black smoke” to reach into the air.
The City of Lynchburg said that between 12 and 14 crude oil tanker cars derailed next to the James River, though fortunately there have been no reported injuries. The cause “has not been determined” at this time, according to a statement posted on the city’s website.
WSET reporter James Gherardi estimated that the tankers were no more than 100 feet from river.
“You don’t often imagine the James River on fire,” said WSET anchor Len Stevens during his station’s live broadcast.