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Volusia County Fire Rescue Responds to Train Derailment

By KATE LIND, Correspondent | April 08, 2020 | FLORIDA

Story No. 040820118

Volusia County, FL - In the late afternoon of March 26th, Volusia County Fire Rescue (VCFR) was dispatched for a train derailment. Upon arrival, Engine 45 found multiple cars derailed from a combination passenger/automobile transport Amtrak train.

Additional resources were requested by command. A total of 31 personnel were utilized from VCFR. Volusia County EMS and DeLand Fire Department assisted with automatic aid.

Volusia County Fire Rescue crews conducted a rapid search for possible victims while assessing cargo stability along the railway. Two of the 317 souls on board required medical care, with one transported to a local hospital. The derailment was limited to eight loaded automobile transport railcars.

Fire units remained on scene while Amtrak worked to upright the overturned train cars and monitored for hazards.

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