FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va. — Officials in Fayette County, West Virginia, are reporting a train derailment near the community of Armstrong Creek.
According to Sgt. Bennett of the West Virginia State Police – Beckley Division, the train derailment occurred around 1:45 p.m. on Monday and has created a fire near residential structures along Route 61, near the community of Armstrong Creek, West Virginia.
Sgt. Bennett said that at this time, emergency officials are unsure of the total number of derailed cars, however, the train was hauling crude oil.
“There are residences around the area in the mouth of Armstrong Creek,” stated Bennett, who said that a state police unit is on the scene evacuating residences. Bennett also stated that local fire fighters are on the scene as well.
No injuries to report.
Roads in the area are shut down, as emergency officials attempt to control the blaze.
It is unknown at this time if there are any injuries to report.
In addition to fighting the blaze, emergency officials will also be forced to face the frigid winter cold front that has invaded the region. Present windchill temperatures are in the single-digits and are showing no signs of warming, with evening windchill temperatures forcasted to drop well below zero.
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