Trains collide, derail in Marion County, causing massive fuel leak

CSX environmental team assesses fuel release impact

CITRA, Fla. – Two CSX trains collided and derailed early Wednesday in Marion County, causing 32 cars to overturn and a 7,400-gallon fuel leak, officials said.


The collision was reported about 4:15 a.m. at a train crossing on 175th Street at NE 23rd in Citra, just north of Ocala.


"I thought it was massive lightning, it was like a bang, boom, boom. It was real loud. I thought it was a bomb," resident Millie MacFarland said.


Two locomotive operators were on each the train at the time of the crash, two crew members were treated for injuries, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said.


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