UPDATE: CSX trains collide in north central Florida

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Investigators are looking into what caused two trains to collide in a rural section of north central Florida early Wednesday morning.

At approximately 4:15 a.m. on Nov. 16, a southbound loaded coal train operated as CSX N001-13 struck a northbound loaded phosphate train operating under the symbol of CSX K210-14 near Citra, just north of Ocala.

Photos from the derailment scene show a mix of loaded coal and loaded covered hoppers mangled in an accordion-style derailment. Photos published by Marion County (Fla.) Fire Rescue first responders showed CSX locomotives submerged in wreckage with pieces of the locomotives strung throughout the incident scene. A CSX representative says two railroaders are being treated for minor injuries, but their current condition and the condition of the other crews is unknown at this time.

The derailment occurred on the railroad’s S line between Baldwin and Lakeland, Fla. It is a former Seaboard Air Line route.

CSX representative Kristen Seay tells Trains News Wire that the railroad is working to confirm the total number of derailed rail cars and has deployed its environmental experts to assess and contain any leaked diesel fuel. Local media report that as much as 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel leaked from one of the train’s locomotives.

It is unclear whether positive train control was in use on this section of track and if the derailment occurred on single track or near a siding. The S Line, which is part of the railroad’s Jacksonville Division, is busy freight corridor for CSX between Jacksonville and its customers in central Florida.

Locals familiar with freight operations in the area say that CSX will likely detour freight trains on the former Atlantic Coast Line A-line while the investigation and cleanup process takes place.

UPDATE: Additional information on the CSX line involved and wreck descriptions. Nov. 16, 2016. 10:54 a.m. Central time.
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