No injuries reported after Tri-Rail train derails in Deerfield Beach

NTSB investigating cause of derailment

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – No one was injured Tuesday when a Tri-Rail train derailed in Deerfield Beach, a Tri-Rail spokesperson said.

The incident happened around 3:15 p.m. under the Southwest 10th Street overpass, just west of Interstate 95.

"From my understanding, there's two wheels off the tracks of this train," passenger Jim Shapiro said. "Obviously you can see we switched to the northbound tracks." 

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue officials confirmed that the leading locomotive on the three-car train derailed from the tracks. 

Passengers said the train wasn't traveling very fast when it derailed. 

The Tri-Rail spokesperson said about 200 passengers were evacuated from the train and were taken by bus to the Deerfield Beach station.

"In an effort to offer some comfort to TriRail's passengers, firefighters along with the South Florida Rehab and Emergency Support Team began distributing water to the many travelers who had been on board the railway for more than an hour," a Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesperson said in a news release.

Fire Rescue officials said the train was heading to Miami International Airport when the incident occurred. 

Authorities said all passengers were removed from the train by 5 p.m. 

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the derailment. 

Tri-Rail passengers should expect delays through the afternoon.

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