A train carrying 173 passengers derailed after colliding with a semi-trailer carrying cars in Lakeland, Florida on Friday evening, causing 8 minor injuries.
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The train contained more than 6,000 liters of oil, forcing a complete evacuation of all passengers, CNN reported.
And this part of the engine is the first contact with the vehicle.
“The train was heading east from Miami and then stopped in Tampa before returning to New York,” said Lakeland Fire Chief Jason Bugsby. There were 173 people on board, including 163 passengers and 10 crew members. Eight people with minor injuries have been hospitalized.
Other passengers were taken to Tampa, where they spent the night.
According to a preliminary investigation by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the truck’s trailer may have gotten caught in the tracks, which may have caused the crash.
“It’s a miracle no one was seriously injured in this incident,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said.
The damage caused by the collision is estimated at 6 to 10 million dollars.
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