Lynchburg, VA

Report: Lynchburg oil train derailment could have been prevented

Report: Lynchburg oil train derailment could have been prevented

March 8, 2016 | Richmond Times-Dispatch| The derailment of a train carrying highly volatile crude oil in downtown Lynchburg two years ago would not have occurred if CSX Transportation had time to carry out the recommendations of a working group on rail failure accepted two weeks before the accident, a federal safety agency has concluded. […]

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NTSB Report on Lynchburg Crude Oil Disaster

NTSB Report on Lynchburg Crude Oil Disaster

March 2, 2016 | NTSB | The NTSB has issued its findings regarding the Lynchburg crude oil train disaster. [Read the findings here.]

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Crude by rail down, but officials still bracing for danger on tracks

Crude by rail down, but officials still bracing for danger on tracks

January 12, 2016 | The News and Advance| Bakken crude oil shipments by rail have fallen with oil prices, but danger along Virginia’s rails has not gone away, members of the Railroad Safety and Security Task Force said. The task force called by Governor Terry McAuliffe after the CSX Transportation Inc. train derailed in downtown […]

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Tests showed rail defect 2 months before W.Va. oil train derailed

Tests showed rail defect 2 months before W.Va. oil train derailed

October 9, 2015 | McClatchy DC| WASHINGTON Two separate tests in the two months prior to a fiery oil train derailment in West Virginia earlier this year showed the presence of a rail defect, according to a report on the incident. But neither the railroad nor the contractor who did the tests followed up on […]

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Federal regulators push for improved oil train safety measures

Federal regulators push for improved oil train safety measures

October 9, 2015 | LA Times| Facing a surge of oil train crashes caused by track defects over the last three years, the Federal Railroad Administration said Friday it was taking steps to improve the condition of the rails across the nation. Agency chief Sarah Feinberg says she wants the railroad industry to conduct more intensive […]

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As oil train burned, firefighters waited 2 hours for critical details

As oil train burned, firefighters waited 2 hours for critical details

August 22, 2015 | McClatchy DC | Newly released documents show that firefighters responding to an oil train derailment and fire last year in Lynchburg, Va., waited more than two hours for critical details about the train and what was on it. The Lynchburg Fire Department’s battalion chief, Robert Lipscomb, told investigators that it took […]

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Documents detail facts of Lynchburg oil train derailment

Documents detail facts of Lynchburg oil train derailment

August 22, 2015{ Roanoke.com| Documents released as part of a federal investigation shed light on factors leading up to the 2014 Lynchburg crude oil train derailment, but don’t point to the actual cause of the incident. A report by the National Transportation Safety Board shows rail problems near where the CSX Transportation Inc. train derailed […]

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On anniversary of Lynchburg derailment, Warner, Kaine back fee for oil trains

May 1, 2015 | Richmond Times-Dispatch |  A year after a train carrying millions of gallons of crude oil derailed in downtown Lynchburg, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine co-sponsored legislation today that would apply a fee to every old-model rail car transporting highly volatile crude from the Bakken shale fields in North […]

State official: CSX was planning to replace track before Lynchburg derailment

State official: CSX was planning to replace track before Lynchburg derailment

April 30, 2015 | newsadvance.com |  CSX was planning to replace a section of its Lynchburg track after a high-tech inspection discovered a defect one day before the downtown derailment, according to a state official. Massoud Tahamtani, director of the State Corporation Commission’s rail safety division, said the new piece of track was on-site the […]

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CSX fined over Lynchburg train derailment, oil spill

CSX fined over Lynchburg train derailment, oil spill

April 1, 2015 | newsadvance.com|RICHMOND — The State Water Control Board approved a consent order fining CSX Transportation Inc. more than $360,000 after a tanker spilled nearly 30,000 gallons of oil into the James River almost one year ago. [Read the entire article here.]

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