Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Train tanker cars carrying oil derail, burn in Virginia

Firefighters and rescue workers work along the tracks where several CSX tanker cars carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire Wednesday along the James River near downtown Lynchburg, Va. Several buildings were evacuated, but officials said there were no injuries. Three black tankers ended up in the river leaking some of their contents, becoming the most recent crash involving oil trains that has safety experts pushing for better oversight. “This is another national wake-up call,” said Jim Hall, a former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.

Associated Press

Firefighters and rescue workers work along the tracks where several CSX tanker cars carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire Wednesday along the James River near downtown Lynchburg, Va. Several buildings were evacuated, but officials said there were no injuries. Three black tankers ended up in the river leaking some of their contents, becoming the most recent crash involving oil trains that has safety experts pushing for better oversight. “This is another national wake-up call,” said Jim Hall, a former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.

Train tanker cars carrying oil derail, burn in Virginia 04/30/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 11:34pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Woman's decomposed body found near St. Petersburg railroad tracks

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — A woman's body was found near the railway tracks behind an empty building at 3100 38th Ave. N, according to St. Petersburg police.

  2. Warehouse burns on Tampa's east side

    News

    TAMPA — Hillsborough County emergency crews are at the scene of a two-alarm fire at a warehouse near 56th Street and East Hillsborough Avenue.

    Hillsborough County firefighters battle a blaze Thursday night at a warehouse on Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa. [Hillsborough County Fire Rescue]
  3. 'Dream big' drives Lightning's Conacher brothers

    Lightning Strikes

    BRANDON — Two words: Dream big.

    Cory Conacher includes them every time he signs an autograph for a young hockey fan.

    Tampa Bay Lightning forward Cory Conacher (89) on the ice during Lightning training camp in Brandon Friday morning (09/15/17).
  4. Irma roughs up endangered snail kites, birds that help us gauge the Everglades' health

    Wildlife

    Hurricane Irma was as rough on some wildlife as it was on the humans. Audubon of Florida reported Thursday that the storm destroyed all 44 nests around Lake Okeechobee built by the endangered Everglades snail kite, a bird considered crucial to the River of Grass ecosystem.

    Hurricane Irma destroyed 44 snail kite nests, capping off a poor mating season for the endangered species, which is seen as an important barometer of the health of the Florida Everglades. Their off-center beaks allow them to probe inside the spiral shells of the native apple snails. But the snails' population has dropped as the Everglades has changed. [MAC STONE | Audubon of Florida]
  5. New center opens in Tampa to help those with missing, damaged limbs

    Veterans

    TAMPA — Justin Lansford, his service dog Gabe by his side, smiled broadly Thursday as he imagined the future of a sprawling, resource center for people who need artificial limbs and those interested in helping them.

    Justin Lansford, 27, lost his left leg above the knee in Afghanistan. He was one of dozens of people attending the opening of the Veterans International Institute of Orthotics & Prosthetics in Tampa on Thursday. [HOWARD ALTMAN   |   Staff]