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NTSB investigating derailment, oil spill in Lynchburg

Fire, oil spill into James River highlight growing concern over rail transport of crude

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PARKER MICHELS-BOYCE/The (Lynchburg) News & Advance

Crews with cranes work Thursday morning to remove cars from a railroad track in downtown Lynchburg after a CSX train derailed Wednesday, sparking a massive fire and spilling gallons of crude oil into the James River.

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The National Transportation Safety Board has launched an investigation of a freight train derailment in Lynchburg that destroyed three oil tanker cars, lifted a plume of black smoke into the sky and spilled thousands of gallons of crude oil into the James River.

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Staff writers Peter Bacque and Ted Strong and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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PARKER MICHELS-BOYCE/The (Lynchburg) News & Advance

Crews with cranes work Thursday morning to remove cars from a railroad track in downtown Lynchburg after a CSX train derailed Wednesday, sparking a massive fire and spilling gallons of crude oil into the James River.