VIDEO close up of fire at train derailment in Lynchburg, Virginia (VIDEO CREDIT: Sheri Felipe).
Lynchburg police and firefighters responded about 2:00 p.m. Wednesday to a train collision and fire near the Amazement Square and Depot Grille. The crash is also a HazMat incident.
A material on the surface of the James River is burning with large flames and heavy black smoke. Crude oil is leaking into the James River, and boom to hold the crude oil in place has been placed in the river.
The CSX train was hauling 12 to 4 CSX tanker believed to be carrying crude oil.
The 9-1-1 dispatch center was flooded with calls and callers reported getting a busy signal when trying to call 9-1-1 to report the fire.
Multiple witness caught video images and still images of the fire.
Video of fire and smoke after Lynchburg, Virginia train derailment on April 30, 2014 (VIDEO CREDIT Micah Gaudio).
#Breaking Lynchburg, VA *HazMat* train derailment with fire. Very large evacuations. James River on fire. #VAfire pic.twitter.com/h5y3GnwNr2
— CAROLINAS FIRE PAGE (@CFPalerts) April 30, 2014
BREAKING NOW: Major Train derailment and fire in downtown #Lynchburg, CT @realtimwilliams pic.twitter.com/ovXOftcKcd
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) April 30, 2014
Train just blew up behind my office in Lynchburg. pic.twitter.com/5UKGfbiiNS
— Government Fool (@GovtFool) April 30, 2014
VIDEO of fire after train derailment (VIDEO CREDIT Micah Gaudio).
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Map of area of train derailment and fire near downtown Lynchburg, Virginia.
A train was derailed and caught fire which spread to nearby cars.
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