Train carrying crude oil derails in West Virginia, explodes into flames

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A train operated by CSX Corp derailed in West Virginia on Monday afternoon, setting at least two carriages on fire and a nearby house on fire.

The train, which was hauling crude oil, was traveling from North Dakota to Yorktown in Virginia when it derailed, according to WVNS-TV. At least one train car plunged into the Kanawha River, Reuters reported Robert Jelacic, the night shift manager at the West Virginia Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management as saying. Jelacic added that there were no injuries or deaths reported in the accident.

A 1-mile-wide area around the derailment was being evacuated, said Lawrence Messina, spokesman for the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, according to Reuters. WOWK television reported that this includes the nearby towns of Adena Village and Boomer Bottom.

Reuters reported Fayette County 911 Coordinator James Bennett stating that the train derailed at 1:20 p.m. EST about 33 miles (54 km) southeast of Charleston, the state capital.

1. Train carrying crude oil
2. Carriage leaking oil
3. Train derails
4. House on fire
5. Oil leaking into river

VOICEOVER (in English):

“A CSX train carrying crude oil traveling through West Virginia derailed on Monday afternoon.”

“Reports say at least one of its cars was leaking oil before it went off the tracks.”

“At least one house was set on fire and oil that leaked onto a portion of a nearby river caught fire.”

Reuters, Time, LA Times, New York Daily News, WVNS-TV