Two trains collide in central Fla. causing fuel and coal spill

MARION COUNTY, Fla. -- An early Wednesday morning crash between two CSX trains in Citra resulted in the derailment of 20 cars, including a fuel tank containing 15,000 gallons.

WKMG-TV in Orlando reported that the crash, which happened around 4:15 a.m., did not result in any injuries, though two men on one train refused medical treatment.

Marion County Fire Rescue posted images of the derailment on its Facebook account, showing the damage to one locomotive and a spill of a coal hauler.

WKMG said that the two CSX trains; one northbound toward Chicago with a load of non-hazardous phosphate rock, the other southbound to Tampa with 110 coal cars, collided at 175th Street at Northeast 23rd Avnue in Citra, about 18 miles north of Ocala. The roadway was blocked off, according to Marion County Sheriff's Office.

There were no details on the cause of the collision and the incident is under investigation.


(© 2016 WTSP)


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