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CSX UPDATE: Citra, Florida incident, 11:50 a.m., November 17, 2016


CSX crews and contractors made significant progress overnight at the site where two trains collided Wednesday morning in Citra, Fla. All derailed freight cars and locomotives have been moved off the tracks to a temporary staging area and crews continue recovering the coal, phosphate and diesel fuel that spilled on the ground. Crews are expected to begin rebuilding the mainline tracks today. CSX’s first priority continues to be the safety of those on site, and we appreciate the community's patience while we complete this work. 

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 environmental experts estimate 7,400 gallons of fuel were released from three locomotives. 

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 is under investigation.