Train Derails In Lynchburg, Massive Fire Erupts, "Flames Stories High"

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In what can only be explained as a massive oil pipeline derailment, because trains are obviously so much safer when transporting flammable commodities, moments ago another train derailed in Lynchburg, Virginia with numerous railcars falling in the river, and a massive fire erupting with flames that are "storeys high" according to ABC13. And moments ago it was also announced that the train belongs to CSX and the burning product is, expectedly, crude oil.

Additionally, it appears that the CBTX on the side of the train cars indicates they are associated with CIT Croup/Capital Finance.

 

Click on the image below for the Live webcast:

 

Some more photos from the scene of the accident:

 

CSX CEO Michael Ward spoke with FOX Business Network’s (FBN) Liz Claman about CSX’s train car derailment in Lynchburg Virginia. Ward said, “we are deploying all of our resources for three primary purposes; one to support the local emergency responders, and secondly to protect the community and the citizen injury, and finally to protect the environment.” Ward went on to say, “we are actively engaged with the emergency responders” and that “We’re setting up a community response center at this point and we’ve deployed both external and internal environmental experts to the scene.”

 

On the CSX train car derailment:

"As you noted it just happened a little over an hour ago, so there is not a lot of detail. What we do know is a unit hall train and it was headed to Yorktown, Virginia derailed in Lynchburg at least one car is on fire as the report we have. What I can tell you is we are deploying all of our resources for three primary purposes; one to support the local emergency responders, and secondly to protect the community and the citizen injury, and finally to protect the environment. So we are actively engaged with the emergency responders. We’re setting up a community response center at this point and we’ve deployed both external and internal environmental experts to the scene.”

 On railroad regulations:

 "We as an industry, we as a company, are in favor of tougher tank car standards. To be honest and forth right with you. We don’t own the cars, they are either owned by customers or leasing companies. But we do think there are some improvements that can be made.”