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CSX found defect in track a day before Lynchburg derailment

It’s unclear whether problem contributed to Lynchburg wreck

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  • Lynchburg train derailment cleanup

    Survey crews in boats look over tanker cars as workers remove damaged tanker cars along the tracks where several CSX tanker cars carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire along the James River near downtown Lynchburg, Va., Thursday, May 1, 2014.

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Posted: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 6:31 pm | Updated: 11:11 pm, Mon Feb 23, 2015.

A CSX inspection of railroad track in Lynchburg found a defect in the rail the day before 17 tanker cars carrying highly volatile crude oil derailed in the city’s downtown on April 30, a state official said Wednesday.

Massoud Tahamtani, director of the State Corporation Commission Division of Utility and Railroad Safety, told a state rail safety task force about the defect, but could not elaborate on its nature or whether it contributed to the wreck, which resulted in three cars tumbling into the James River and one burning up.

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