MANATEE -- Due to a track failure apparently caused by heavy rains, a train consisting of an engine and six cars was stranded near State Road 70 just west of U.S. 301 at 5 p.m. Friday, officials said. The incident caused State Road 70 to be shut down in both directions for about an hour, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
The train derailed in soft ground about 50 yards south of the train crossing gates in the 1800 block of S.R. 70, causing the rail arms to come down. "We can't get them up because the train is in the safety zone," Sgt. Kevin Pease of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office said at the time.
A work crew from Seminole Gulf Railway arrived at about 5:30 p.m, and traffic was flowing normally by about 6 p.m., said Dave Bristow, a sheriff's office spokesman.