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Train derailment sends tanker with crude oil into river

1 year 8 months 2 days ago February 17, 2015 Feb 17, 2015 Tuesday, February 17 2015 February 17, 2015 1:08 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Hunter Robinson

MOUNT CARBON, W.V. - Two water treatment plants have been shut down and hundreds of families evacuated from their homes after a train carrying more than 100 tankers of crude oil derailed during a snowstorm in southern West Virginia.

Officials say at least 14 tankers caught fire or exploded and at least one ended up in a river. Residents say part of the train slammed into a house.

The train company CSX says one person was being treated for potential inhalation issues, but no other injuries were reported.

Fires burned into the night, and safety officials say they plan to let the tankers burn out.

The state was under a winter storm warning and getting heavy snowfall Monday, but it's not clear if the weather had anything to do with the derailment. It occurred along a flat stretch of rail about 30 miles southeast of Charleston.

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