Word is that a crude oil-bearing train derailed in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia and caught fire. Photos and preliminary coverage here. Additional coverage here.

There’s particularly good coverage on Huffington Post, here, and at the Roanoke Times, here:

A CSX train carrying crude oil derailed Wednesday afternoon by the James River in downtown Lynchburg, sparking a massive fire that sent a thick column of black smoke high into the sky.

Officials said 12 to 14 tanker cars were involved, but what caused the derailment is unclear. Three or four of the cars were breached, spilling oil into the river.

The accident occurred very near downtown, but so far there are no official reports of injuries or death. Some of the oil is clearly in the James River, and several tank cars are in the river itself.

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  • East Coast Drone sent a drone over the site of the train wreck. The footage is astonishing.

    Apparently emergency crews were not able to quickly respond because the blaze may be too dangerous to approach.

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