Share this on:
 E-mail
14
VIEWS
0
COMMENTS
 
SHARES
About this iReport
  • Not vetted for CNN

  • Click to view Saruca17's profile
    Posted April 30, 2014 by
    Saruca17
    Location
    Lynchburg, Virginia

    Train derails in downtown Lynchburg

     
    A CSX train carrying crude oil derailed Wednesday afternoon by the James River in downtown Lynchburg, prompting evacuations and sparking a massive fire that sent a thick column of black smoke high into the sky.

    Officials said 12 to 14 tanker cars were involved in the derailment, which happened shortly before 2 p.m. near Ninth and Jefferson streets. Three or four of the cars were breached, spilling oil into the river. The cause was not immediately known.

    Lynchburg City Manager Kimball Payne has declared a state of emergency. City officials say CSX representatives, and possibly the train company's CEO, are en route.

    What do you think of this story?

    Select one of the options below. Your feedback will help tell CNN producers what to do with this iReport. If you'd like, you can explain your choice in the comments below.
    Be and editor! Choose an option below:
      Awesome! Put this on TV! Almost! Needs work. This submission violates iReport's community guidelines.

    Comments

    Log in to comment

    iReport welcomes a lively discussion, so comments on iReports are not pre-screened before they post. See the iReport community guidelines for details about content that is not welcome on iReport.

    Add your Story Add your Story