West Virginia train crash causes huge blaze

17th Feb 2015
West Virginia train crash causes huge blaze

A train crash in West Virginia has seen the evacuation of two towns in the area.

The train was carrying more than 100 tankers of crude oil when it crashed in the south of the state, sending at least one of the carriages into the Kanawha River.

At least 14 tankers are on fire following the incident, 30 miles south-east of Charleston.

While a house is reported to have caught fire at the crash site, there are no reports of fatalities.

One person is being treated for potential smoke inhalation. 


Residents of Adena Village and Boomer have been urged to evacuate after the accident happened at 13:30 local time.

As many as two hundred families were evacuated as a precaution.

State emergency response and environmental officials were on the scene - a rural, coal mining area near Montgomery.


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