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CSX Statement 4:30 PM, 11/16/16 - Citra, FL Derailment


CSX continues clean-up efforts at the collision site of two trains this morning in Citra, Fla. CSX’s first priority continues to be the safety of employees and responders on site.  

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 32 cars derailed. Neither train was carrying hazardous materials. CSX crews are working to remove the derailed cars and to clear the area. Cleanup efforts are expected to go on for several days.  

CSX environmental experts estimate 7,400 gallons of fuel were released from three locomotives. Work is focusing on containing and removing the fuel. 

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. We are thankful that no one was seriously injured.  

The cause of the collision is currently under investigation.