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Coal Train Derailed in Dunnellon

By and on January 17th, 2014
Railroad cars spill their cargo onto the ground in Dunnellon. Marion County fire rescue teams were called to the scene after the accident early Friday morning.

Alexanda Rivera / WUFT News

Railroad cars spill their cargo onto the ground in Dunnellon. Marion County fire rescue teams were called to the scene after the accident early Friday morning.

A southbound train derailed on the Marion-Levy county line in Dunnellon early Friday morning, resulting in no injuries or fires.

According to a Marion County fire officials, the accident occurred at 4:42 a.m. in a wooded area about a mile south of Highway 328 where it meets U.S. 41 in Dunnellon.

Nine CSX Corp. cars carrying coal overturned along the Florida Northern Railroad, spilling their cargo. The track is run by Pinsley Railroad Co.

Marion County Fire Rescue and Sheriff’s Office units were dispatched to the scene, which was declared clear at 5:38 a.m.

Crew members are still on scene cleaning the mess, which they said will take about two to three days.

Railroad crew members are unsure of what caused the derailing, but one ex-CSX employee has a theory.

Kevin Gould, who was a CSX employee for 10 years and has been a self-proclaimed train enthusiast for 35 years, said due to the tracks becoming too brittle from the recent cold weather, they broke under the weight of the train causing it to derail.

“I do not believe that this was the fault of the railroad,” said Gould, who was at the scene taking pictures of the accident.

The damages from the crash could easily be around a million dollars, he said.

He said he feels sorry for them having to deal with the situation, “but unfortunately it’s a part of railroading and it happens everywhere this time of year.”


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  • Choo

    Railroad rail is the hardest and densest steel made.
    I worked over 35 years in railroading and mostly in the north in sub zero winters and never heard of that. The rail north of Dunnellon is old and worn out and when rail is wore thin it will split. Those rail cars are loaded with over 100,000 tons of coal not counting the car weight.

  • Choo

    The CSX ex-pro should notice the car numbers and see they are most likely Union Pacific cars.

  • Choo

    If the reporters want a story ,check Florida Northerns file with the A AR &FRA and see how much of their rail in Ocala and Dunnellon is bad and under restrictive travel. You can also check and see how many times the were wrote up for not properly maintaining their rolling stock. That would let you know who may be at fault.

 

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