On Monday morning a CSX train derailed near Lakeland, Florida. The nine railcars that left the track were carrying molten sulfur, which is used to make rubber, detergent, and fertilizer. Approximately 3,000 gallons of molten sulfur and 12,000 gallons of cooking oil were spilled during the derailment. Officials believe it was caused by a faulty bearing on an axle of one of the cars. It was reported that moments before the derailment a passerby called 911 to report a wheel sparking on the train.
There were no reported injuries and CSX will be monitoring the air quality around the accident site to ensure the safety of nearby residents.
CSX Train Derails in Florida Spilling Thousands of Gallons of Molten Sulfur