Train derails near Port Everglades

9 cars carrying denatured ethanol derail Tuesday afternoon


BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – A train derailed Tuesday afternoon near Port Everglades, authorities said.

Broward Sheriff's Office Department of Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said nine cars carrying denatured ethanol derailed at 1200 SE 32nd St. 

The train was made up of 20 cars and an engine, according to Jachles, and each tanker carried about 20,000 gallons of ethanol. 

"The cars remains upright, there were no injuries, there's no threat or contamination or any leakage of any kind of chemicals," Jachles said. "There was only an initial evacuation of some industrial warehouse facilities and a petroleum facility in the immediate area."

Once everything was accessed, authorities began to determine how to get the cars back on the rail. 

The incident took place in an industrial area, therefore no homes or residents were impacted. 

"Fortunately, this occurred after hours. Everybody has gone home," Jachles said. "There were a minimum number of employees at facilities involved." 

The friction from the train derailing caused a small brush fire in the area, Jachles said. That fire was quickly put out by workers at the nearby petroleum facility. 

The cause of the derailment was not immediately known.

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