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3 cars of freight train derail near Jacksonville

- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Officials say three cars of a freight train have derailed near Jacksonville, including one that leaked a small amount of ethanol.

The derailment occurred early Tuesday.

The Florida Times-Union (http://bit.ly/LRDrtT ) reports the leak was contained after only a few of the 200,000 gallons of flammable ethanol leaked out.

Fire department spokesman Tom Francis says the car is tipped over just north of Acosta Bridge. He says no ethanol leaked into the St. John's River below.

The U.S. Coast Guard's pollution responders are standing by to assist if necessary. They say a safety zone has been set up and extends 200 yards on either side of the bridge.

The newspaper's production building is near the railroad tracks and has been evacuated for precautionary reasons.

No further details were immediately available.

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Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com

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