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A CSX train carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire Wednesday in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia, the company has confirmed.

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"An initial assessment indicated that there was fire impacting approximately three of the cars, and we have been advised by officials that the fire has been extinguished," CSX said in a statement. "No injuries have been reported, but some residents and businesses nearby have been evacuated."

The train was traveling from Chicago to Virginia when "approximately 15 rail cars" derailed at 2:30 pm EDT (1830), CSX said.

Trade sources said the train was carrying Bakken crude from North Dakota and was headed to Plains All American's terminal in Yorktown. The Yorktown facility can unload 130,000 b/d of crude and is located on the site of Plains oil product terminal. A Plain spokesman was not immediately available.


Details of the derailment and fire were earlier provided by a Lynchburg city spokeswoman, who added that crude had also spilled into the nearby James River (See story, 1918 GMT).

Four refineries on the East Coast can take crude by rail: Philadelphia Energy Solutions's 330,000 b/d refinery in Philadelphia; Phillips 66's 238,000 b/d Bayway refinery in Linden, New Jersey; Delta's 185,000 b/d refinery in Trainer, Pennsylvania; and PBF's 190,000 b/d refinery in Delaware City, Delaware.

A Phillips 66 spokesman said his company had no rail cars or crude on the derailed CSX train.

A source familiar with operations at the Delta refinery said the crude was not destined for that facility.

Spokeswomen for Philadelphia Energy Solutions and PBF were not available for comment.

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