On April 30, 2014, at 1:54 p.m. eastern daylight time, 17 CSX Transportation (CSXT) tank cars on petroleum crude oil unit train K08227 derailed in Lynchburg, Virginia. Three of the derailed cars were partially submerged in the James River. One was breached and released about 29,868 gallons of crude oil into the river, some of which caught fire. (See figure 1.) No injuries to the public or crew were reported. At the time of the accident, it was cloudy and raining lightly; the temperature was 53°F.The CSXT estimated the damages at$1.2million, not including environmental remediation.
Figure 1. Accident scene.