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Train derailment causes fire and crude oil spill near Aliceville

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Aerial photo of the Pickens County train derailment. Source: WBRC video Aerial photo of the Pickens County train derailment. Source: WBRC video
Aerial photo of the Pickens County train derailment. Source: WBRC video Aerial photo of the Pickens County train derailment. Source: WBRC video
Flames and smoke could still be seen coming from the derailed trains hours after the crash. Source: WBRC video Flames and smoke could still be seen coming from the derailed trains hours after the crash. Source: WBRC video
Twelve cars derailed and three cars exploded. The train consisted of 90 cars total. Source: WBRC video Twelve cars derailed and three cars exploded. The train consisted of 90 cars total. Source: WBRC video
Photo courtesy Alabama EMA Photo courtesy Alabama EMA
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Crews are working at the scene of train derailment that caused explosions and a crude oil spill in west Alabama.

The trail derailed around 11:30 p.m. Thursday near Highway 14 in Aliceville in Pickens County.

Nelda Hudgins, who lives nearby, says her husband Bart woke her up around 1 a.m. on Friday after he saw the fire. Nelda reports hearing explosions and seeing several train cars on fire.

Lt. Travis Parker with Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue says they received the call around 2 a.m. and sent a battalion, an engine and a hazmat team to the site. Attempts are being made to contain the crude oil spill.

The train was composed of 90 train cars. Twelve of the cars derailed and three exploded, according to the Regional Coordinator for Alabama EMA, Don Hartley.

No one was injured in the derailment and no homes were in danger.

Hartley says the accident happened near a slough and crews are working to keep the spill out of the water. The current plan is to let the fire burn out.

Hartley added that the accident happened near a trestle. The trestle is now gone after it was consumed by the fire. Investigators are looking into the possibility that the trestle could have caused the accident.

The train was part of the Gulf Coast Short Line Railroad and traveled through Pickens County often. The railroad company will handle the clean up and will investigate the accident along with the NTSB.

There has been no word on what caused the derailment or explosion.

Stay with this story for more info as it becomes available.

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