(LYNCHBURG, Va.) — The final train cars that ended up in the James River after an April 30 train derailment were safely removed from the water and prepared for removal on Saturday.
The train was carrying crude oil when it derailed in Lynchburg on Wednesday, bursting into flames and filling the sky with thick, dark smoke. Workers on Saturday managed to extract the final two cars from the James River and ensured that they were “positioned for removal.”
The train is owned by CSX Corporation, who said in a statement on Saturday that they will continue to help remove debris and rebuild the road bed. The company, along with safety officials, hope to restore service to the area and allow impacted businesses to resume operations “as soon as possible.”
The National Transportation Safety Board continues to investigate the cause of the derailment.
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