TAMPA -- An industrial supply train derailment early Thursday morning created a hazmat situation at the Port of Tampa.
According to Tampa Fire Rescue, the derailment happened just before 2 a.m. at the port. All access to the port was shut down while emergency crews dealt with the derailment.About 15 industrial rail cars carrying highly flammable ethanol turned over and spilled, officials said.
Crews were quickly able to handle the spill by spraying foam to cover and absorb the ethanol, which is essentially pure alcohol and highly combustible.
Officials said the spill was quickly brought under control but crews will remain on the scene for several hours. The morning rain and wind slowed the clean up as it diluted some of the effects of the foam on the spill."We've taken care of any fire risk by spraying the foam (on the spill)," said TFR Capt. Lonnie Bennefield. "And there are no concerns about spillage or runoff in the stormwater drain and into the Bay. Now we're waiting to get with CSX to get some vehicles down here that will upright the rail cars."
About 30 units responded to the derailment and hazmat spill.
Officials said they will continue to monitor the area while an investigation into the spill begins.
Crews now will need special vehicles from CSX to arrive from the Atlanta-area to help upright the overturned cars.
There were no injuries or evacuations.