Major Train Derailment Crash with Fire Near Downtown Lynchburg, Virginia, USA
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.