Train derails in south Manatee; boxcars, propane tankers involved

Train derails in south Manatee County
Published: Feb. 28, 2023 at 1:09 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 28, 2023 at 2:18 PM EST
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UPDATED at 3 p.m. with additional details.

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WWSB) - A train with propane tankers derailed in south Manatee County Tuesday, officials say.

Manatee County spokesman Bill Logan says the incident happened Tuesday morning near the 7200 block of 16th Street East.

Southern Manatee Fire District Chief Robert Bounds says five boxcars loaded with sheetrock and one tanker loaded with 30,000 gallons of propane, are on their sides. It is not leaking, he said. A second propane tanker jumped the track but it is upright, he said.

More than 150 feet of track has been mangled and will have to be replaced, Bounds said. It may take between 1-3 days to transfer the propane form the tankers involved.

South Manatee and Cedar Hammock fire departments, as well as Manatee County EMS, were on scene.

Logan said no injuries were reported, but fire officials tell ABC7 that businesses in the area have been warned they may have to evacuate if conditions change.