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CSX Statement on Citra, FL Collision


CSX representatives and Marion County authorities are on site at the collision of two trains in Citra, Fla., just north of Ocala, this morning.  At approximately 4:15 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, a CSX train transporting non-hazardous phosphate rock collided with a second CSX train loaded with coal near the Pine Church Road crossing in Citra.  Marion County Sheriff’s Department and CSX representatives are on scene assessing the situation and developing an action plan. The first priority is the safety of train crews and responders. 

CSX is working to confirm the number of derailed rail cars. Initial reports indicate that diesel fuel has been released from one or more of the locomotives. CSX environmental experts are on scene to assess and contain any product releases. We will provide more information as it becomes available.

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. 

Two CSX crew members are being treated for minor injuries. The cause of the collision is currently under investigation.