Train Carrying Molten Sulfur Derails In Lakeland

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A train hauling molten sulfur has derailed in Florida and officials are asking nearby residents to stay inside their homes.

Polk County Fire Rescue officials said in a Facebook post that a crew was returning from a medical call early Monday when they saw a train with several overturned cars.

This photo made available by Polk County Fire Rescue shows molten sulfur that spilled from a derailed train near Lakeland, Fla., Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. State officials are investigating the crash. Photo: Polk County Fire Rescue via AP.

Hazmat crews are working with CSX railroad, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and state officials to investigate the crash. The road near the site is expected to remain closed for several hours.

Officials said no one is being asked to evacuate.

Molten sulfur is used in making sulfuric acid, rubber, detergents, fungicides and fertilizers.

Lakeland is between Tampa and Orlando in central Florida.