Two CSX trains collided in northern Marion County


One of the trains was hauling coal and the other was carrying non-hazardous fertilizer. At least 20 train cars overturned and more than 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel and other debris spilled across the tracks. No one was seriously injured in the collision, but even the engines had extensive damage, one of them being buried. Initial reports on the early morning crash in central Florida indicate diesel fuel was released from at least one of the locomotives. Fire rescue crews and CSX officials were on scene investigating. Marion County Fire Rescue said two men on one train were evaluated by first responders, but refused medical treatment. Officials urged residents to avoid the area but no evacuation orders have been issued in connection with the crash. Marion County officials and CSX are investigating the incident.


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