January 30, 2014 | pnj.com | A train derailment has caused a phosphoric acid leak in North Escambia County, according to state officials.
At about 6:55 p.m. Tuesday night, 23 cars of a CSX freight train traveling from Waycross, Ga., to Mobile came off the railroad tracks near Cantonment, said Brandy Smith, an external affairs manager for the Department of Environmental Protection.
Four cars carrying phosphoric acid cars landed in Fletcher’s Creek, a body of water that flows into Cotton Lake.
One of the cars is reportedly leaking acid, Smith said in an email.
Phosphoric acid is used to make fertilizer and beverages.