Two CSX Trains Derail After Colliding In Marion County
Early Wednesday morning two CSX trains derailed after colliding in Marion County.
According to Marion County officials and CSX officials, the cargo trains collided near Citra and spilled over 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel and other debris across the tracks.
There were no serious injuries, but two crew members were treated for injuries from the 4:15 a.m. collision.
2 trains derailed after colliding Wednesday morning in central Florida, Marion County Sheriff’s Office and CSX say. https://t.co/bxkFVbhWMz
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One of the trains was carrying nonhazardous phosphate rock while the other train was transporting coal. One of the engines was buried and officials are trying to find out if it also leaked fuel. CSX officials said environmental crews have been sent out to contain any possible spill from the locomotives.
The cause of the collision is unclear and officials are still investigating the scene at this time. At least 20 train cars overturned in the crash and CSX is working to determine exactly how many train cars were involved.
Two CSX trains in Florida collide, derail; two injured | Reuters https://t.co/faulOZpAel
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The phosphate train was traveling from Mulberry, Florida to Chicago with three locomotives and 100 loaded cars. The coal train was going from Pembroke, Kentucky to Tampa with three locomotives and 110 loaded cars.
At this time traffic is being directed around a crossing on Pine Church Road at 175th Street due to blockage from one of the stopped trains.
This is a developing story. Stay with News Talk Florida for any new updates and information that becomes available as this investigation continues.
CSX and Marion County officials are responding to a train collision in Citra, FL. More information: https://t.co/4QJb5QBeSt
— CSX (@CSX) November 16, 2016