Oil Train Derails, Burns in West Virginia
A train hauling North Dakota crude oil derailed 16 February along a snowy West Virginia river, igniting several tank cars, burning down a house, and prompting water-treatment plants to shut down, authorities said.
About, 2,400 residents around Adena Village, near Mount Carbon, were evacuated as a precaution after the 1:30 p.m. accident, Fayette County deputies said. One person was being treated for possible breathing problems, but no other injuries were reported by early evening.
At least one tanker from the 109-car CSX train tumbled into the Kanawha River south of Charleston and was leaking Bakken shale oil, which was headed to a refinery in Yorktown, Va., said Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s office.
Water-treatment plants downstream closed intakes and halted operations as a precaution, and residents were urged to conserve water. Officials said the fires were expected to burn until about midnight.
Tomblin declared a state of emergency in Kanawha and Fayette counties.