POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Residents in Polk County were ordered to stay indoors after a train derailed, spilling hazardous materials into the environment.
Polk County Fire Rescue responded just before 2 a.m. to the area of Kathleen Road and Strickland Road after a CSX train derailed rolling over and mangling several train cars.
Fire rescue says the train was believed to be carrying molten sulfur. Hazmat crews on scene confirmed that some of the has leaked out.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office is going door to door notifying residents on Strickland Road about the shelter in place order, asking them to close their windows, shut off their air conditioners and stay within their homes. They are also asked parents to keep an eye on their children to make sure they remain indoors.
Strickland Road closed and no one was allowed to go in or out at that time. Kathleen Road between Galloway Road and Spivey Road also closed for that time of day.
At this time there are no evacuations. Clean-up is estimated to go until tonight at midnught.