• Beth Kilgo

Train derails in Quincy, spills chemicals

Seven train cars derailed in downtown Quincy, Fla., on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, at 6:40 a.m. There were no injuries, and the cause of the derailment is unknown. Quincy Police Chief Glenn Sapp said the cause of the derailment was still under investigation. CSX officials confirmed this. According to CSX, “The train consisted of two locomotives, 53 loaded rail cars of mixed freight and 34 empty rail cars.”

According to the Tallahassee Democrat, two of the cars spilled a crystalline powder called adipic acid, a weak acid with industrial uses.

The chemical that leaked from two cars "poses no safety risk," CSX Transportation said in a statement. However, PubChem, an open Chemistry database powered by the National Institutes of Health, says, "Adipic acid is a white crystalline solid. It is insoluble in water. The primary hazard is the threat to the environment. Immediate steps should be taken to limit its spread to the environment. It is used to make plastics and foams and for other uses."

Adipic acid is commonly used for the production of gelatin food products; however CSX contractors are taking standard precautions as the clean up the area.

The train’s destination was Waycross, Ga., but it derailed near the Pat Thomas Parkway grade crossing in Quincy.

According to WCTV, as of 7 p.m. Tuesday, crews were still on the scene cleaning up, and Pat Thomas Parkway was still closed in the area. It has since reopened.

A CSX spokesperson said, “CSX continues working to restore the site where a train derailed Tuesday morning in Quincy, FL … All product that spilled on the ground has been cleaned up and track repairs have begun … CSX appreciates the swift response of the Quincy Fire Department and Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday morning.”