JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Crews were able to set a derailed car carrying ethanol upright as the cleanup effort following a train derailment in Downtown Jacksonville continued.
The train is operated by Norfolk Southern, which is headquartered in Virginia. The 80-car train partially derailed while heading from the railroad's Jacksonville yard to the Florida East Coast Railway yard, according to a railroad spokesperson.
Five cars derailed and one overturned. A public information officer with the Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department reports that car had 28,000 gallons of ethanol on board. Firefighters responded just before 5 a.m.
Ethanol is considered a highly flammable product. Crews report only 4 to 5 gallons leaked from the car and none of it got in the waterways.
Several areas were closed because of the derailment, including the Riverwalk, pedestrian access to the Acosta Bridge and access to the entrance of Baptist Hospital. The Florida Times-Union production building was evacuated for hours as a precaution. It has since reopened.
Authorities tell Action News a perimeter has been set up and the leak is contained.
"We apologize for the inconvenience to the public this morning, and we greatly appreciate the assistance of Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and our Florida East Coast and CSX rail partners for their swift reply," wrote Susan Terpay, director of public relations for Norfolk Southern, in a statement to Action News.
Officials with the United States Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville confirm they have a safety zone that expands 200 yards on either side of the FEC Railroad bridge.
The incident remains under investigation.