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Derailment, Chemical Simulated on Westside

10:46 AM, Mar 3, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Emergency crews on the Westside are responding to a mock emergency this morning to test readiness in the event of a train accident with a resulting chemical leak and mass casualties.

The drill got underway at 9 a.m. at the 84 Lumber store on Roosevelt Boulevard at Interstate 295. The store will not be affected by the drill.

The plan of the drill is to see how well several agencies can work together in a large-scale crisis.

The U.S. military, the FBI and the FDLE, among others, will join with local agencies in handing the situation.

The drill will also use space at NAS Jacksonville, so the teams will be using Roosevelt briefly. Officers will be directing traffic, and the impact should be minimal.

The drill should last until 2 p.m.

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