Nov. 16–CITRA — At least 20 cars were derailed in a two-crash in Citra Wednesday morning, according to Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Marion County Fire Rescue officials.
Two people were evaluated for minor injuries.
James Lucas, the spokesman for Marion County Fire Rescue, said dispatchers got a call at 4:19 a.m. and a crew was on the scene at 4:25 a.m. The crash occurred near Northeast 175th Street Road and Northeast 23rd Terrace.
At the scene, the cars were described as “mangled.”
Fire officials reported a fuel leak of more than 4,000 gallons. A HAZMAT team is onsite working to contain the spill. MCFR officials said there were three engines involved in the crash and that each engine carried 4,000 gallons of fuel. They said one engine was “buried” and it is not yet clear if there is any spillage from that engine. The fuel spill they are working to contain was from one of the other engines.
The engine and front of one was off the side of the tracks, with the other lay beside it in a ditch. Two steel bars could be seen embedded in the cab of one of the engines.
Officials said one of the was hauling coal and the other was carrying non-hazardous fertilizer. One was traveling south and the other was going north when, for a currently unknown reason, they .
A Star-Banner reporter talked with a CSX spokeswoman and is awaiting official comment from the agency.
Automobile traffic is being diverted around the 2,500 block of Northeast 175th Street, also known as Pine Church Road.
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