Derailed train cleanup delayed by weather - FOX 13 News

Derailed train cleanup delayed by weather

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

The Tampa Port Authority says all the cars from the derailed train should be removed from the tracks by this evening.

Crews faced delays because of weather during the day Friday and weren't able to upright them as quickly as they hoped.

Once all the car have removed, repairs to the tracks will begin.

Rain and lightning stopped workers several times overnight, which meant the already slow process was taking even longer.

Fourteen cars jumped the tracks, with several of them spilling out ethanol. The flammable chemical is no longer leaking and is mostly cleaned up. Now the long process of up righting all of these derailed cars and getting them out of the area is underway.

Special heavy equipment, including big cranes, came from Tennessee and Georgia. As of noon, all but two of the derailed cars had been righted.

The cause of the derailment is still under investigation. No one was injured and there was never a need for evacuations.

Authorities say operations at the port should be back to normal by Monday.

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