CSX continues cleanup and restoration work at the derailment site of two trains in Citra, Fla. CSX’s first priority continues to be the safety of the community, CSX employees and responders on site.
CSX crews repaired the track and restored freight service through the area by 11:00 p.m. Thursday night. Trains are currently operating at reduced speeds. The derailed locomotives and cars have been moved aside and will be scrapped.
Environmental experts continue working to contain and remove the estimated 7,400 gallons of diesel fuel released from three locomotives. The spilled coal and phosphate that cannot be salvaged is being loaded into trucks and will be disposed of in accordance with environmental regulations. Cleanup efforts are expected to go on for several weeks.
At approximately 4:15 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, a CSX train transporting phosphate rock collided with a second CSX train loaded with coal near the Pine Church Road crossing in Citra. A total of three locomotives and 32 cars derailed. Neither train was carrying hazardous materials. The phosphate train was traveling from Mulberry, Florida to Chicago with three locomotives and 100 loaded phosphate cars. The coal train was traveling from Pembroke, Kentucky to Tampa with three locomotives and 110 loaded cars of coal.
CSX appreciates the professional and swift response from the Marion County Sheriff’s Department and Marion County Fire and Rescue.
The cause of the collision continues to be under investigation.