At least 14 cars burst into flames, one enters a river, and two nearby towns have been evacuated, local media reported on Tuesday Feb 16, 2015.
A CSX train hauling crude oil has derailed in West Virginia with at least 14 cars bursting into flames and two nearby towns evacuated in the second significant oil-train incident in three days, local media reported on Monday.
It was not immediately clear where the train was heading or whose oil it was carrying. However, the crash occurred less than 200 miles west of Lynchburg, Virginia, where another CSX train bound for an East Coast oil terminal run by Plains All American Pipelines derailed and erupted in flames last April.
Responding to a series of fiery train crashes, the government proposed rules in July that would phase out tens of thousands of older tank cars that carry increasing quantities of crude oil and other highly flammable liquids. It's not clear how old the tankers were on the derailed train.