Safety Incident Minimal after Train Cars Derail

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 @ 03:01 PM gHale

Trains carrying ethanol ended up in Cedar Creek in Jacksonville, FL, after a derailment.
Source: WOKV

CSX safely removed two tank cars carrying ethanol that fell into Cedar Creek after a train derailed Sunday near the Anheuser-Busch plant in Jacksonville, FL.

No one was injured in the incident, but the cleanup could take several days, said a CSX spokesperson.

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The train went off the tracks at 10 p.m. Sunday at Main Street, north of Busch Drive, according to CSX.

No leaks or spills have been detected, the company said, and no evacuations were ordered for the area. A Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department (JFRD) HazMat team was on standby as multiple CSX teams and contractors worked to get the accident cleared.

Eight CSX rail cars derailed Sunday night.

Divers on Monday went into the water to assess the two rail cars carrying ethanol, while another crew worked to siphon the ethanol out of the two rail cars before they could be retrieved from the creek.

“The safety of our employees, the community and the local environment are our top priorities through this process,” the spokesperson said. “CSX continues to work closely with JFRD and Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office to reroute traffic in the area until it is safe to resume.”

Sheriffs closed southbound Main Street from Busch Drive to Baisden Road. Traffic in both directions will share the northbound lanes during the cleanup process.

The CSX spokesperson said the cause of Sunday’s derailment remains under investigation.



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