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Train cars derail in Quincy

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By Cheri Harris

A CSX train derailed early Tuesday morning in Quincy near the intersection of Pat Thomas Parkway and Live Oak Street, blocking traffic that soon had to be rerouted by local law enforcement.

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According to a CSX press statement, about seven rail cars headed to Waycross, Ga., derailed about 6 a.m. near the grade crossing.

No injuries or environmental impacts have been reported. Two rail cars spilled a small amount of adipic acid, a solid chemical commonly used in the production of gelatin food products. This product poses no safety risk to the public. CSX contractors on site took standard precautions as they worked to clean up the area.

The train consisted of two locomotives, 53 loaded rail cars of mixed freight and 34 empty rail cars.

In the statement, CSX expressed gratitude to the Quincy Fire Department and the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office for their quick response and continued support at the site, and appreciation for the patience of community members as crews work to restore the site.

Gadsden County Emergency Management Director Maj. Shawn Wood of the sheriff’s office said first responders arriving at the scene of the derailment checked the placards on rail cars to see what kind of material the trains were transporting in case there could have been anything dangerous and found there was not.

He said local law enforcement contacted the Florida Department of Emergency Management, CSX, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Department of Transportation.

Wood said Tuesday morning that the cause of the derailment was not yet known, but that the train was traveling slowly when it happened.

“Luckily at this point in the tracks,” Wood said,” they’re not traveling very fast so they’re investigating that now, and hopefully we’ll find an answer.”