Two-train derailment creates mangled mess


[last updated on November 16, 2016, at 11:58 a.m.]

Citra, Florida – The Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Marion County Fire Rescue, and HAZMAT are onsite of a two-train derailment, in which more than 4,000 gallons of fuel spilled.

The crash happened at approximately 4:20 a.m. Wednesday, in the vicinity of Northeast 175th Street Road and Northeast 23rd Terrace, Citra.

One of the CSX trains was traveling north and the other was traveling south when they collided. The reason for the collision is not yet known.


MCFR said that at approximately 20 train cars and three engines were derailed in the accident.

According to CSX, two CSX employees suffered minor injuries and two others were not injured.

The CSX environmental team is surveying the damage and will determine the best plan of action for cleanup.

Along with the wreckage cleanup, environmental experts are concerned about the more than 4,000 gallons of spilled fuel.

Investigators still do not know why the trains collided.

Drivers should avoid Pine Church Road and 2500 Northeast 175th Street due to the road being blocked by a train car.

This is a developing story.