A train carrying 109 tankers of crude oil derailed in a snowstorm alongside a creek in West Virginia yesterday. After the train derailed into the creek the tankers exploded into a massive fireball, threatening local residents and the nearby water supply.
Hundreds of people were evacuated and two water treatment plants were shut down after the accident. The explosion did set a house on fire and someone was treated for smoke inhalation, but no other injuries were reported.
Out of 109 tankers, 19 caught fire. Each tank carries up to 30,000 gallons of crude oil. The fire department was forced to let the tanks burn themselves out as there were no other better solutions for stopping the fire.