- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - A federal report has concluded that a broken rail was likely to blame for the April 2014 train derailment in downtown Lynchburg.

The National Transportation Safety Board announced its findings in a report released Wednesday.

The April 30, 2014 derailment sent three oil tankers into the James River, dumping nearly 30,000 gallons of Bakken crude oil and igniting a massive blaze. No injuries to the public or crew were reported.

An August 2015 report mentioned a “rail failure” that had been discovered the day before the accident, but it stopped short of determining a cause.

The State Water Control Board assessed a $361,000 fine against CSX Transportation last year for the derailment of the 104-car train.

The newly released report estimates the derailment caused more than $1.2 million in property damage.

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