Investigators narrow possible causes of oil train derailment

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says the crew’s actions, the train’s equipment or speed did not likely contribute to the fiery derailment of an oil train in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia.

During a Friday press conference, safety officials said the investigation and cleanup following Wednesday’s derailment are continuing.

Investigator Jim Southworth says 17 train cars carrying crude oil derailed, with three tumbling into the James River.

Parts of downtown were evacuated as one car caught fire, briefly causing large flames and thick, black smoke.

It was the most recent crash involving oil trains that has safety experts pushing for better oversight.

Officials say no defects have been found in the trains or the track signals. He also says no problems were seen in the procedures that the train’s crew followed.