No injuries in Dunnellon train derailment
An estimated 500 tons of coal spilled into a wooded near Dunnellon when a train derailed this morning, according to the Pinsly Railroad Company. No one was injured.
Around 6 this morning, Marion County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a train derailment near the 400 block of US 41 and found that nine railway cars carrying coal had run off the track.
The train's conductor Ed Mulligan and engineer Larry Hicks escaped the derailment unharmed. The train was heading south-bound to Duke Energy's coal power plant in Crystal River.
The derailment occurred along a rural part of US 41 and did not block any roads or cause any other sort of physical damage.
Matt Schwerin with the Pinsly Railroad Company said the spilled coal didn't reach water so it has not become an immediate environmental hazard.
The remaining cars still on the tracks have been locked in place and secured to prevent any further coal from dumping out on the side of the road.
Duke Energy spokesman Sterling Ivey said customers won't feel the impact of the spill on their power bills.
Crews will be working all weekend and expect to have the mess cleaned up by Monday.
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