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February 16, 2015

CSX’s freight train carrying crude oil derails in West Virginia, US

A CSX freight train carrying crude oil has derailed in West Virginia, US, setting rail cars ablaze, destroying a house and forcing the evacuation of two towns.

By Samseer M

A CSX freight train carrying crude oil has derailed in West Virginia, US, setting rail cars ablaze, destroying a house and forcing the evacuation of two towns.

Consisting of two locomotives and 109 cars, the train was travelling from North Dakota to the coastal town of Yorktown, Virginia. Officials have evacuated residents of Adena Village and Boomer after a house caught fire.

BBC news reported citing state officials that at least one of the cars plunged into the Kanawha River, while 14 cars caught fire.

"The company is working to deploy environmental protective and monitoring measures on land, air and in the Kanawha River."

The operator said that one person as being treated for possible respiratory problems, with no other injuries reported.

According to the US State Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety official Lawrence Messina, the car that plunged into the river is leaking oil, the news agency said.

A statement from CSX said that the company is working to deploy environmental protective and monitoring measures on land, air and in the Kanawha River.

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It added that the company is also working with public officials and investigative agencies to address their needs.

Reuters cited West Virginia State Police first sergeant Greg Duckworth as saying that nine or ten of the cars had exploded at intervals of about every half hour.

West Virginia governor Earl Ray Tomblin has declared a state of emergency for Kanawha and Fayette counties.

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