A CSX train carrying crude oil derailed in West Virginia in Fayette County. A fire started due to the oil train derailment, and “at least” one tanker car is believed to have fallen into the Kanawha River. A total of 14 train cars and one home are now reportedly on fire due to the train wreck.
The CSX train derailed in the Mount Carbon area of Fayette County about 1:20 p.m., according Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety spokesman Lawrence Messina.
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“A house fire occurred as a result of the derailment. We’re told that emergency responders are having a hard time reaching the house fire because of the derailment,” Messina added.
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The West Virginia state fire marshal and state Department of Environmental Protection have reportedly been notified. U.S. 60 is reportedly shut down at the Montgomery Bridge. Fayette County residents within a half-mile radius of the derailed train have reportedly been evacuated. The towns of Adena Village and Boomer Bottom are being evacuated because of the nearby train derailment.
Water intakes in Montgomery and Cedar Grove have been closed because of the West Virgina train derailment next to the Kanawha River, according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Public Health.
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