Buscher said the train was headed from Waycross, Georgia to Tampa. It carried 59 cars and was about a mile in length and only the conductor and an assistant were on it.
Officials with CSX said one of its trains derailed Monday morning while traveling on a private line.
According to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, no one was injured when 17 of the train’s cars went off the tracks around 3:30 a.m.
“At this point there is no hazardous chemicals being carried or any incidents that we’re aware of at this time,” said ACSO spokeswowman Sgt. Becky Buscher.