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Port of Tampa clean up to continue after derailment

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The rail cars that came off of the tracks in the Port of Tampa have now been removed from the scene of the accident, but the work goes on to repair the damage.

C.S.X. says it may take several days to determine a cause of the crash.

A spokesman for the rail company says they will use data from a recorder on the train and physical evidence from the scene to rule on the cause.

In the early morning hours at the Port of Tampa, traffic steadily flowed in. It was almost business as usual. Instead of filing in through the entrance, the Port employees caravanned through the exit.

The front entrance was blocked with emergency vehicles. CSX officials, contractors and Tampa Fire Rescue worked throughout the night to recover 11 railcars that derailed Thursday morning.

At around 1 a.m. Thursday, a train with 81 cars was pulling into the port after a journey from Chicago.

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That's when officials say 11 railcars derailed. Three of the railcars spilled more than 4,500 gallons of ethanol. The fuel is a mixture of 90% ethanol and 10% gasoline.

Crews tightened the caps to prevent further leakage. A Hazmat team also came in to pour flame-retardant foam onto the fuel to prevent an explosion. Two cranes were brought in from out of state to help recover the train cars.

But it's going to be quite a task. Most of the cars are still filled with 20,000 to 30,000 gallons of fuel and it could take an hour and a half to lift each car back into place.

All throughout the night crews were trying to recover the railcars. They were hampered by weather, though. Overnight showers and lightning forced them to stop often.

In daylight crews are back out there working at the scene. The work is expected to continue well into Friday.

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