NTSB: Broken rail likely caused 2014 train derailment in Lynchburg

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) The National Transportation Safety Board released on Wednesday what likely caused the April 30, 2014 train derailment in Lynchburg.

Seventeen CSX Transportation tank cars on a petroleum crude oil unit train derailed and then partially submerged in the James River. This caused nearly 30,000 gallons of crude oil to go into the river, and some of that oil caught fire.

The NTSB determined that the probable cause of this accident was a broken rail caused by a reverse detail fracture with evidence of rolling contact fatigue.

No one was hurt in the accident, but the damage is estimated at $1.2 million.