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Train carrying crude derails in Virginia, bursts into flame

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A CSX Corp. train carrying crude oil derailed and burst into flames in downtown Lynchburg, Va., on Wednesday, spilling oil into the James River and forcing the evacuation of hundreds.

CSX said 15 cars derailed at 2:30 p.m. ET on a train traveling from Chicago to Virginia. Photos and video footage from the scene showed high flames and a large plume of black smoke. Officials said there were no injuries, but some 300 to 350 people in a half-mile radius had been evacuated.

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