April 30, 2014 | Reuters | A CSX Corp train carrying crude oil derailed and burst into flames in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia on Wednesday, spilling oil into the James River and forcing the evacuation of hundreds.
CSX said 15 cars derailed at 2:30 p.m. ET on a train traveling from Chicago to Virginia. Photos and video footage from the scene showed high flames and a large plume of black smoke. Officials said there were no injuries, but some 300 to 350 people in a half-mile radius had been evacuated.
City officials instructed motorists and pedestrians to stay away from downtown, while firefighters battled the blaze. Three railcars were still on fire as of 4 p.m., CSX said.