SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — Emergency crews are at the scene of a partial train derailment Tuesday near the Sarasota-Manatee County line after several cars fell off the tracks.
Southern Manatee Fire Rescue Chief Robert Bounds told News Channel 8 that six Seminole Gulf Railway cars fell off the tracks.
Five of the train cars were carrying sheet rock. One train car was carrying propane.
Bounds told WFLA.com the tanker car is not leaking and is safe. There were no injuries reported.
“The real potential will be when they come to offload the product that will be when we really have to monitor the situation very closely to make sure there’s no actual leakage,” said Chief Robert Bounds.
In order to clear the tracks, authorities said they must first siphon approximately 30,000 gallons of propane out of the tanker car. Crews are using infrared cameras to monitor the propane tank.
“We are proud of our first responders,” said Manatee County Board of County Commissioners Chair Kevin Van Ostenbridge. “Their quick action has helped maintain the safety and security of our citizens.”
Fire rescue said it could take days for clean-up.
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