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W. Va. train continues to burn day after derailing

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Posted at 3:10 PM, Feb 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-17 19:39:20-05

Oil from a derailed train continued to burn Tuesday — a day after the CSX Corp train derailed in Fayette County, West Virginia. 

Residents in the towns of Adena Village and Boomer Bottom were evacuated and Route 61 in the area was shut down, WOWK-TV reported

The accident took place around 1:30 p.m. ET. Oil reportedly is leaking near the Kanawha River, though CSX said Tuesday that none of the 25 derailed tank cars fell in the river, according to Reuters.

The train carried 3 million gallons of crude oil, according to The Associated Press. The tankers were the newer model, according to Tribune News Service. The railroad industry adopted new measures in 2011 after concerns about older models. 

The National Transportation Safety Board told AP on Tuesday its investigators are examining the tank cars. 

The West Virginia National Guard took water samples to see if oil had reached the Kanawha River, the AP reported.

So far, "we haven't been able to determine how much, if any, crude oil made it into the river," state Environmental Protection spokeswoman Kelley Gillenwater told AP.