- Posted April 30, 2014 by
Lynchburg VA Train Fire
- dsashin, CNN iReport producer
At 1:50PM we heard a load bang outside of our office window. A train carrying what we later found out to be carrying crude oil derailed right in front of our office. I took this picture and short video before running for the exit. There was an explosion and large fire. Lucky for us the exploding tanks actually fell into the river. If they had turn over the other way they would have spilled crude oil out into the parking lot of a very busy riverfront restaurant. We didn't know what was in the tankers and was very afraid of additional explosions or toxic fumes. People were running for their cars and trying frantically to get out of downtown. We were very fortunate not to have any deaths or injuries. It was a very scary situation.