Tampa, Florida – The main portion of the Port of Tampa is closed and may stay blocked off for much of the day after a train derailed there early Thursday morning.
The train was coming into the port at 1 a.m. when it left the tracks, pulling twelve cars off of the rails — and sending ten of those completely onto their sides, according to Tampa Fire Rescue spokesman Capt. Lonnie Benniefield.
Responders found three of the cars leaking ethanol, a flammable liquid that’s often mixed with gasoline to fuel cars and trucks. When it’s shipped by rail, ethanol is usually stored in a form that is more flammable than gasoline.