Cleanup starts after train derailment in Port of Tampa - WFLA News Channel 8

Cleanup starts after train derailment in Port of Tampa

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

Large flood lights are helping clean-up crews see the 11 cars that somehow tipped over going three to five miles per hour.

It happened early Thursday morning as the Chicago to Tampa train with 81 cars pulled in to the port.

On board: a mix of 90 percent ethanol, 10 percent gasoline. Three of the tanker cars spilled about 4,500 gallons of the fuel. Crews tightened caps to prevent further leakage.

A Hazmat team poured flame-retardant foam to prevent an explosion.

A detour kept things moving at the Port. The line of black tanker cars, with a row knocked over look like a kid's play set. Righting the rail cars is a labor-intensive job requiring specialized equipment.

A convoy of trucks from a company that handles such tasks pulled into the Port before sunset Thursday.

Each overturned tanker car, most still filled with 20 to 30 thousand gallons of fuel, could take an hour and a half to lift back into place.

Two cranes trucked in from out of state were on hand Thursday night to do the heavy work.

Once the rails are clear, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection will test the soil for contamination.

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