CSXT Molino, FL Derailment Clearing; No Injuries Reported…

MOLINO, FL - MAY 25, 2012 - A rerouted CSXT train experienced a minor derailment at Molino, Florida last evening on the CSXT PD Subdivision at 23:00 ET.

The train, CSXT symbol S647-23, enroute from Chicago, IL to Waycross, GA via a detour route, due to track work curfews on its normal route, was meeting a northbound train at the Molino Siding, when four cars left the rail crossing over the siding switch.  All four cars, containing flour and refrigerated orange juice, remained upright and inline.

There were blocked  crossings on Daffin and Fairground roads, both of which were reopened within about an hour. Officials said that CSX expects to have the derailed cars back on the rails within 24 hours.

No injuries or hazardous materials were involved in the derailment and the northbound train in the siding was not involved in the derailment.

In 1995, a 29 car derailment in Molino involved multiple tankers with hazardous chemicals, forcing the evacuation of about 150 people. In 1980, officials actually used thermite grenades to ignite propane in derailed tanker cars. In 1976, nearly 30 people received medical treatment after inhaling ammonia after a derailment just north of Molino. In all, at least a half dozen trains have reportedly derailed in the Molino area in the past 30 years.

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