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A CSX train carrying Bakken crude that derailed in West Virginia earlier this week was still leaking as of Tuesday after going up in flames.

The train was moving 109 cars from North Dakota to a Plains All American midstream facility in Yorktown, Virginia when it derailed around 1:20 p.m. Monday about 33 miles southeast of Charleston.

Officials initially reported that one train car had fallen into the Kanawha River but Florida-based CSX said Tuesday that none of the 25 derailed cars made their way to the river.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection said water tests have come up negative for oil although a water treatment plant near the accident site has been closed.

West Virginia governor Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency Monday in Kanawha and Fayette counties.

About 200 residents from two towns were evacuated after a house one mile from the accident scene caught fire.

No injuries have been reported, Reuters said.

Cleanup is expected to take several days as emergency crews wait for some of the fires to burn themselves out.

The cause of the derailment is still being investigated.

CSX said the train cars were newer CPC 1232 models designed to curb the chance of spills.

The U.S. Department of Transportation recommended last year that crude carrying train cars be updated with better braking systems and thicker hulls to prevent spills.

The derailment happened about 200 miles west of Lynchburg, Virginia where a CSX train traveling to the same Plains facility in Yorktown derailed and exploded last April.


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