A train derailment has sent at least one crude oil tanker into a nearby river and has prompted the evacuation of residents near the community of Armstrong Creek, West Virginia, according to local news reports.
The incident, which occurred near state route 61 in Fayette County, has also caused at least one structure fire, according to WCHS-TV.
It was snowing at the time of derailment, and the temperature was near 10 F, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Dale Mohler, adding that first respondent may have difficulty due to the winter weather.
West Virginia route 61 is closed due to the incident, and no injuries have been reported at this time.
"State Police Sgt. Bennett with the Beckley detachment confirmed one of his officers arrived on scene around 1:30 Monday afternoon to at least one CSX crude oil car off the track," West Virginia Public Radio reported.
West Virginia Public Safety spokesman Lawrence Messina told the Associated Press that the tanker is leaking crude oil into the Kanawha River.
Messina also said that at least one and possibly more tanker cars went into the river.
Take a look. This is a picture sent to us by a viewer of the train derailment/ fire in Fayette County. pic.twitter.com/kPHxNdSMHa— Ariel Rothfield WOWK (@arothfield) February 16, 2015
Train derailment and fire in Fayette County. @charleywest @wvgazette pic.twitter.com/iBa3VFkZxJ— Tega McGuffin (@tegamcguffin) February 16, 2015