Saturday, April 21, 2018
Public safety

Rail cars being righted after derailment near Port of Tampa

TAMPA — Officials with CSX Transportation and their private contractors continued work Friday morning to right a set of 12 rail cars that derailed Thursday, spilling thousands of gallons of ethanol near the Port of Tampa. By noon, all but two of the toppled rail cars had been removed, according to Tampa Fire Rescue.

The remaining cars were expected to be removed by mid-afternoon, authorities said.

Firefighters also remained at the scene of the derailment, near Maritime Boulevard and S 22nd Street, to ensure the effort remained safe. A set of special equipment, similar to heavy duty cranes, arrived late Thursday and contractors began the effort to right the toppled cars.

Some 4,500 gallons of ethanol seeped from fittings in three of the toppled cars when the train derailed early Thursday, officials said, creating a potential safety and environmental hazard. CSX was conducting an investigation to determine what caused the derailment, its spokesman, Gary Sease, said. The results of that investigation would be made available to the Federal Railroad Administration.

No one was injured in the incident, which closed part of the Port of Tampa on Thursday, and authorities were able to contain the spilled fuel.

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