MANATEE COUNTY, Florida – Emergency crews are on the scene of a train derailment in Manatee County in the 7200 block of 16th St. East (near Tallevast Rd.).
Five railcars and two propane tankers have derailed at that site.
Emergency crews from Southern Manatee Fire & Rescue responded to the initial calls.
According to Manatee County officials, there have been no injuries reported and no leakage at this time.
Manatee County Emergency Medical Services and Sheriff’s Office personnel have been deployed to the derailment scene along with Manatee County Public Safety personnel, who are standing by to assist with the clearing of the tracks.
That process may take some time as the propane must be removed from the tanker before it can be moved.
“We are proud of our first responders,” said Manatee County Board of County Commissioners Chair Kevin Van Ostenbridge. “Their quick action has helped maintain the safety and security of our citizens.”
Crews will continue to monitor the situation as clean-up efforts begin.