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Railroad Accident Brief: CSXT Petroleum Crude Oil Train Derailment and Hazardous Materials Release

Executive Summary

​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.


Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was a broken rail caused by a reverse detail fracture with evidence of rolling contact fatigue.

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Accident Location: Lynchburg , VA USA  
Accident Date: 4/30/2014
Accident ID: DCA14FR008

Date Adopted: 3/2/2016
NTSB Number: RAB1601
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