Oil-train Wreck Heightens Fire Chiefs' Concerns

By: Alan Suderman and Larry O'Dell, Associated Press
By: Alan Suderman and Larry O'Dell, Associated Press
The fiery derailment of an oil train in Lynchburg, Virginia, has local emergency officials elsewhere concerned about their ability to respond to such accidents.

Courtesy: WSET

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) -- The fiery derailment of an oil train in Lynchburg, Virginia, has local emergency officials elsewhere concerned about their ability to respond to such accidents.

The same CSX track involved in Wednesday's derailment goes through both Williamsburg and Richmond.

Williamsburg Fire Chief William Dent says his department's worst-case scenario is a derailment that could force the evacuation of some buildings at the College of William and Mary and in the historic district. He says his department has minimal resources and would have to call on neighboring jurisdictions for help.

In Richmond, one of the worries is that a train could tumble from an elevated track that dissects the city.

No one was hurt in the Lynchburg accident, which remains under investigation.


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